-More of Jerusalem’s desolation and trauma is foretold by God through Ezekiel the prophet in chapter five. The LORD commands His prophet to take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor upon his head and beard. He was instructed to take this hair that was cut from his body and divide it into three distinct areas. One third was to be burned at the center of the city when the days of the siege in Jerusalem are completed. One third was to be struck with the sword all around the city, and the last third was to be scattered to the wind. The LORD says He will unsheathe a sword behind them as well. Ezekiel was further instructed to take a few of the hairs and bind them to the edges of his robes. A few other hairs were to be thrown into the fire and burned for a fire that will spread to all the house of Israel (Ezekiel 5:1-5).
-Thus says the LORD God, “This is Jerusalem; I have set her at the center of the nations, with lands all around her. But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes more than the lands which surround her; for they have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in my statutes (Ezekiel 5:5-6).” Because of these crimes against His Person and will, their God is angry with them and promises to execute judgments among His people. They have committed atrocious abominations, which will bring an unimaginable and unrepeated catastrophe in their midst where their fathers will be eating their sons and the sons their fathers in barbaric cannibalism. As the LORD lives He will withdraw from them for the defilement of His holy sanctuary with detestable idols and all their abominations. His eyes will have no pity, and He will not spare during this time of severe chastening. One third of them will die by plague or be consumed by famine. One third will fall by the sword in violence from the enemy. And one third will be scattered to the wind with God’s sword of vengeance unsheathed behind them (Ezekiel 5:7-12).
-Thus the LORD’s anger will be spent and His wrath satisfied on an obstinate, rebellious people who were stubborn in their heart’s desire to follow Him exclusively even though they had promised at Sinai, and at other times, to do so (Exodus 19:8; 24:3,7, Joshua 24:23-24, 1 Kings 8, 2 Kings 11:17-20, 1 Chronicles 16:36). They will definitely know that the LORD has spoken in His zeal (qinah-passion, ardour, jealousy, fervor) to carry out His ire. Jerusalem and the surrounding areas will become a desolation and a reproach among the nations which surround in the sight of all who come through the region. This reproach, reviling, warning, object of horror, intense famine, attack by wild beasts, plague, childlessness, and bloodshed among His people who have transgressed His ways will display the power of God as a testimony to all the nations (Ezekiel 5:13-17).
-*Application* Our God is jealous for our sincere devotion, sanctification, and holiness. When we breach this consecration of our soul, God’s just discipline can be utterly severe. Listen to His teachings and warnings. It will save you from disaster. Think and apply His wisdom to every situation. Cling to Him and don’t be a deserter. Hold fast the truth and don’t sway away from it. Don’t incite the LORD’s anger upon yourself.
Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 5:11