Scriptures

Ezekiel 7

Introduction

The end has come. Ezekiel 7:1-27

‘The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to the land of Israel: ‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land! The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. ‘Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Disaster! Unheard-of disaster! See, it comes! The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. See, it comes! Doom has come upon you, upon you who dwell in the land. The time has come! The day is near! There is panic, not joy, on the mountains. I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. ‘Then you will know that it is I the LORD who strikes you. ‘See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed! Violence has arisen, a rod to punish the wicked. None of the people will be left, none of that crowd—none of their wealth, nothing of value. The time has come! The day has arrived! Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for my wrath is on the whole crowd. The seller will not recover the property that was sold—as long as both buyer and seller live. For the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve their life.’ Ezekiel 7:1-13

Five times end is stressed. Not just an end, but ‘THE END’. Not like the T.V. programmes, which have end of part one. No, this is the end of all parts. End, ‘qes’, the end ‘haqqes’, awakened, ‘hewques’.

Throughout the former prophets had been warnings about punishment soon to come. There had been warnings of destruction and judgement before, but they had always been partial and not total.

Here in Ezekiel we find the time has come. The idea is of a complete, final end to all normality in the land. Their punishment is due to

‘your ways’.

It is their fault this is going to happen. It is coming, and coming quickly. Notice how he repeats, the day is near, the time is coming, etc. The message is clear.

‘They have blown the trumpet, they have made all things ready, but no one will go into battle, for my wrath is on the whole crowd. Outside is the sword; inside are plague and famine. Those in the country will die by the sword; those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague. The fugitives who escape will flee to the mountains. Like doves of the valleys, they will all moan, each for their own sins. Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine. They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. Every face will be covered with shame, and every head will be shaved. ‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath. It will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs, for it has caused them to stumble into sin. They took pride in their beautiful jewellery and used it to make their detestable idols. They made it into vile images; therefore, I will make it a thing unclean for them. I will give their wealth as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, who will defile it. I will turn my face away from the people, and robbers will desecrate the place I treasure. They will enter it and will defile it. ‘Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence. I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated. When terror comes, they will seek peace in vain. Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumour upon rumour. They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, priestly instruction in the law will cease, the counsel of the elders will come to an end. The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them. ‘Then they will know that I am the LORD.’ Ezekiel 7:14-27

The people will be powerless. Preparation of the army to defect to their enemies. Their military strength is powerless. Trumpets were blown for 4 reasons:

1. To gather the people.

2. To get the people on the march.

3. To announce rejoicing.

4. To warn of imminent danger. Numbers 10:5ff / Joel 2:1.

Sorrow, trying to get the people to feel sorry for them. Payment, buy their way out of it. Their money is powerless. Whether the gold and silver here refer to their riches or to their idols is up for grabs. Idolatry, their idols are powerless. Peace terms, turn to God.

Their 11th hour turning to God will be powerless. Why? Because God is not merciful?

Does God not accept repentance? No. At that time it will be too late.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."

Isaiah 53:5

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