Today you should read: Ezekiel 5
Just a little background…
The structure of the book is built around the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. There is a significant amount of showing the moral depravity of man and lack of spiritual concern throughout the beginning portion of judgment in Ezekiel. Chapter five tells us a vision of Ezekiel which is followed by a group of four signs. These signs depict the fall of Jerusalem.
Prophet must shave his head, portraying their mourning. Some people will find death through famine, sword while others will be taken into captivity or a small group of refugees.
This promise is a reference to Leviticus 26 where God tells the people that He will walk with them if they choose to follow His statutes. But if they choose to ignore this, then He will bring upon them His wrath.
“But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments, if, instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant” (Leviticus 26:14-15)
Depravity is one of the major themes of this chapter. Jerusalem had chosen to follow their own selfish desires and not follow the commands of God. Therefore, as a result of their sin, the wrath of God was brought about through the destruction of their city.
“Therefore, fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers; for I will execute judgments on you and scatter all your remnant to every wind.”
Josephus, a church father, records other accounts of famine reaching the extremes that people turned to eating others as a means of surviving. As we live today in the land of plentiful, this kind of depravity seems to be absurd. Remember, it was their sin that led them to this depravity. God understands redemption and the exact circumstances that it would take for the people of Jerusalem to turn back to Him. His view is that of a macrocosm. In the big picture, He loved His people and desired for them to follow Him, partaking in the blessings of His covenant.
The covenant between God and Israel was never conditional, in the sense, that it would be abolished. Rather, it is the blessings in which we forfeit for our own selfish desires.
“Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God. But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am the Lord.’” (Lev. 26:44-45)
REMEMBER…God made an everlasting, unconditional covenant with His people, including YOU!
Posted by: Corey Thweatt, ministry intern- West campus