You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you,… because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your vile images and detestable practices, I myself will withdraw my favour; I will not look on you with pity or spare you. 5:7, 11
How grieved was the LORD, for he was not respected.
How wronged and ignored, and rejected.
He cannot allow all this stench to remain,
polluting his land, making vile again.
For they were to live as his servants to show
his ways so the nations around will know,
be prepared for the coming of Christ, the Revealer,
to look to, and wait for, this coming Redeemer.
Vision of glory,
vision of God,
awesome and fiery,
throne of the LORD:
his servants with ease,
strength and ability,
serve the Almighty.
fire and light;
Rushing wings and whirling wheels
accomplishing God’s mission;
God all-glorious, as a man
comes to tell his will and plan:
with power to do.
ch. 2 and 3:1 –15
Commissioned, appointed by God to speak
his Word to a people who would not seek
his will – they’d revolted, rebelled from him,
their Maker and Saviour, and chosen sin.
They’re hardened and stubborn: Ezekiel warns.
God’s Spirit will strengthen his forehead like flint
for a lengthy and harrowing service stint,
surrounded by scorpions and briars and thorns.
God’s words were sweet,
to learn, to eat,
though a message of woe,
with which he must go:
His Word complete
is strengthening meat,
but shocking, astounding,
The priest, now a prophet,
to pastor, exhort;
a watchman to plead – they must heed it –
God’s message well taught;
but his tongue would be still,
and silent until
commissioned to tell out the words of the LORD.
Some would listen,
awesome, urgent, rebuking, news.
Man puffed up with confidence,
from his mouth what will come out?
Wind and vanity no doubt.
But, when God upholds and fills,
and that mouth controls; –
then we will be truly fed
precious words of heavenly bread.
chapters. 4, 5, and 12
God against Jerusalem.
Siege, with suffering, and famine,
sword and scattering, and warning
for the nations all around.
False religion in high places,
man-made, lust of eyes, and heart
all adulterous, taking idols,
though the LORD set them apart
for his truth, and for his service
Now his hand must be stretched out
bringing judgment, and destruction
of these places where they flout
wisdom’s laws and honour – they will
know he is the LORD indeed.
Just a few escape to exile,
spared, – and there they’ll him remember,
and the words they did not heed;
hating all their practice vile
that has truly grieved the LORD.
Will they then obey his Word?
They were spared, but most have perished, –
died from famine, plague or sword.
… to be continued
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