Friday, October 17, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Ezekiel- Chapter 7

Ezekiel 7


-The Word of God continues throughout this chapter again centered on the coming destruction of Judah for the purpose of people knowing that the LORD is supreme and ruler of all (Ezekiel 7:4,9,27). An end is decreed on the four corners of the land. God’s anger has been kindled and will not abate. His people will be judged for their waywardness and false religious systems. He will show no pity, nor will He spare them as He brings their vile ways upon them ending in a destruction of unique proportions. Tumult instead of rejoicing on the mountains of Israel will mark the end in this day of God’s vengeance. Their “doom has gone forth; the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed. Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, none of their people, none of their wealth, nor anything eminent (noahh- lamentation, importance, distinction) among them (Ezekiel 7:1-11).”

-“The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice not the seller mourn; for wrath is against all their multitude.” Their hedonism has betrayed them and none will maintain their way of life as the consequence of their iniquity. “They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but no one is going to the battle, for My (God’s) wrath is against all their multitude. The sword is outside, and the plague and the famine are within. He who is in the field will die; famine and the plague will also consume those in the city. Even when their survivors escape, they will be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning over their iniquity. All hands will hang limp and all knees will become like water.” Sackcloth and shuddering will overwhelm these objects of the wrath of God; shame on each face and baldness on each head will be the marks of His retribution. They will fling their silver and gold into the streets as an abhorrent thing because these precious metals will not save them in the day of destruction. “They (silver and gold) cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs; for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling (Ezekiel 7:12-19).”  

-The Temple also will be profaned by the enemies of the LORD in the overthrow. The reason is listed. God’s people “transformed the beauty of His ornaments into pride, and they made the images of their abominations and their detestable things with it.” Therefore, God tells them that He will make the Temple an abhorrent thing to them by “giving it into the hands of the foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil, and they will profane it.” The LORD promises to turn His face from these foreigners as they profane even the holy of holies with robbery and other detestable deeds. The prophet gives the Word of the LORD further by telling them to “make the chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.” The worst of the nations will be able to come in to confiscate and possess their houses. The pride of the strong ones of Judah will cease, and there will be no place of refuge from the chaos and calamity. “Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but the law will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders. The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with horror, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble.” According to their despicable conduct the LORD will deal with them. By their judgments, He will judge them. All this will be for the purpose of exposing the futility of their ways and the eventual acknowledgement of Him as the One they should “know (Ezekiel 7:20-27).”

-*Application* At the heart of any downfall is pride. We must recognize and acknowledge that the LORD God is above us by a vast margin. Our own devise and ways cannot bring redemption or salvation. False gods can never deliver in the clutch. God wants us to “know” Him as the only way, truth, and life (John 14:6). So humble yourself before His majesty (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:5-6).


Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 7:20

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