Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue: Study of the Prophets (Cont.)
Ezekiel Chapter 7
7:1-19: “Moreover the word of the L-rd came unto me saying, Also thou son of man, thus saith the L-rd G-d unto the land of Israel; An end, the end has come upon the four corners of the land. Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the L-rd. Thus saith the L-rd G-d; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land; the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. Now I will shortly pour out my fury upon thee and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and I will recompense thee for all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the L-rd that smiteth. Behold the day, behold it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them. The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life. They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
16 But they that escape of them shall escape and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the L-rd: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity.
7:19 During the horrible siege, with its inflated prices (2 Kings 6;25) and scarcity of goods, money would not relieve hunger and famine, nor bring deliverance from oppression of their enemies. Thus, the trust of the people in their wealth and prosperity instead of G-d, brought their downfall.
Verses 20-22: “As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty, but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore, I set it far from them. And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it. My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it and defile it.”
7:22 “My secret place: refers to the Temple.
Verse 23: “Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.”
7:23 The phrase “make a chain: describes the method used for marching away the captives, chained together, to their place of exile (Judges 16:21).
Verses 24-6 “Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled. Destruction cometh: and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumor shall be upon rumor, and they shall seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.”
7:26 Prophets, priests, and elders were the normal channels through whom G-d’s guidance came. The blocking of these channels prevented receiving any messages from G-d (Hosea 4:6; Amos 8:11-14).
Verse 27 “The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the L-rd.
Next week Chapter 8
Rabbi Tamah Davis-Hart