Today’s reading is: Ezek. 22:17-24:14; 2 Kgs. 24:20-25:2; Jer. 52:1-5; 39:1
Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Two
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- The Lord tries His servants through the fire of testing which removes their dross (Ezek. 22:17-22; Isa. 1:25-26; Zech. 13:9; Mal. 3:24; 1st Pet. 1:6-7).
- The Lord exposes Jerusalem’s conspiracy of priests, prophets, princes & people, and laments a lack of even one man to stand in the gap (Ezek. 22:23-31).
- Even one man can make a difference (Jas. 5:16b-18; Gen. 18:23-32; Jn. 9:31)!
Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Three
- Chapter 23 is a parable of two wicked sisters—Oholah & Oholibah (Ezek. 23:4a).
- The sisters were symbolic of Samaria & Jerusalem (Ezek. 23:4b).
- The parable teaches the unfaithfulness of Israel towards their covenant husband (Ezek. 23:5ff.; 16:8,20; Jer. 3:6-11).
- The premarital harlotry of these two sisters prompted their adultery (Ezek. 23:2-3,5-8).
- Although the example of Oholah should have prompted Oholibah’s repentance, her evil was even worse (Ezek. 23:11-21).
- God’s judgment comes upon Oholibah: she will be abused by her own lovers (Ezek. 23:22-35). This judgment includes the “song of the cup” (vv.32-34).
- Ezekiel is asked to judge the two sisters, and three additional summaries of their harlotry are then described (Ezek. 23:36-44).
- Their harlotry came at the expense of the children they sacrificed (vv.37-39).
- Their harlotry extended to more and more lovers, of less and less distinguished stature (vv.40-42).
- Their harlotry continues even long after her body is destroyed by her harlotries (vv.43,44).
- Graphic evil at times needs graphic messages (Jn. 16:25; Prov. 26:4-5; Eccl. 3:7).
- Sin patterns from our past must be recognized, and guarded against in present time (Prov. 26:11; 2nd Pet. 2:21-22).
Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Four
- On the first day of the siege of Jerusalem, the Lord directs Ezekiel to mark the day and deliver another parable (Ezek. 24:1-3a). The 10th day of the 10th month equates to January 15, 588BC.
- The day is also mentioned in 2nd Kings 25:1 .
- Jeremiah also records this exact day (Jer. 39:1).
- Ezekiel’s parable consists of a recipe—cooking instructions for the exiles (Ezek. 24:3b-5). This parable is a reminder of Jerusalem’s evil message (Ezek. 11:3ff.).
- The meal is ruined because the pot itself is rusty (Ezek. 24:6).
(Chapter Twenty-Four continues tomorrow)
Second Kings Chapter Twenty-Five
- Chapter 25 describes the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. This chapter is parallel to Jeremiah 52.
- The siege lasted from January 15th, 588BC until July 16th, 586BC.
(Chapter Twenty-Five continues on Day 242)
Jeremiah Chapter Fifty-Two
- Chapter 52 details the fall of Jerusalem. It parallels ch. 39, 2nd Kgs. 25 & 2nd Chr. 36.
- Chapter 52 is likely an addition to Jeremiah (by Baruch) after Jeremiah’s death.
(Chapter Fifty-Two continues on Day 242)