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Ezekiel 11:1 Moreover, the
lifted me up and
brought me to the
gate of the
behold, there were
men at the
entrance of the
among them I
leaders of the
And lift me
up doth a spirit, and it bringeth me in unto the east gate of the house of
Jehovah, that is facing the east, and lo, at the opening of the gate twenty
and five men, and I see in their midst Jaazaniah son of Azzur, and Pelatiah
son of Benaiah, heads of the people.
MOREOVER, THE Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the East Gate of the
Lord's house, which faces east. And behold, at the door of the gateway there
were twenty-five men; and I saw in the midst of them Jaazaniah the son of
Azzur and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
MOREOVER, THE SPIRIT LIFTED ME UP AND BROUGHT ME TO THE EAST GATE OF THE
LORD'S HOUSE WHICH FACED EASTWARD:
11:24; 3:12,14; 8:3; 37:1; 40:1,2; 41:1; 1Kings 18:12; 2Ki2:16; Ac 8:39;
2Co12:1-4; Rev1:10) (Ezek 10:19; 43:4)
THE GLORY DEPARTS
Ezekiel 11 might be aptly titled which means "where is the glory?" (1Samuel
4:19-22 ). "Born at the time of Israel's defeat by the Philistines, and his
father Phinehas' death; named accordingly by his dying mother. "When she
heard that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her
husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed." In vain did the women
by her cheer her, "Fear not, for thou hast borne a son." "She answered not,
neither did she regard it." As in the case of her pious and patriotic
father-in-law, Eli, the overwhelming sorrow that caused her death was
"because the ark of God was taken," hence this is thrice repeated. She felt
God's presence is a nation's only true "glory" (Jeremiah 2:11; Psalm 78:61;
Psalm 106:20; Hosea 9:12 )." (Easton's Dictionary) While Ezekiel makes no
mention of the taking of the Ark of the Covenant, the fact that the Temple
was destroyed certainly suggests it may have been taken or destroyed (or
could it have been hidden?).
In Ezekiel 11:1-13 we see a description of the wicked political leaders of
is same phrase used 6 times in this book
Ezek 3:12 Ezek 3:14 Ezek 8:3 Ezek 11:1 Ezek 11:24 Ezek 43:5
(Ezek 10:19, 11:1, 40:44)
is the gate facing eastward toward the
Kidron Valley and the Mount of Olives
(directly east of the Temple Mount area). At the beginning of Ezekiel’s
he moved gradually into the temple area, starting at the north gate and
moving towards the inner court. Now, as the vision draws to a close,
Ezekiel's movement is outward in synch with his divine Guide.
Holman Bible Dictionary - East Gate - This designation refers to
three different gates. (1) KJV refers to the East Gate of Jerusalem as
leading to the Hinnom Valley (Jeremiah 19:2 ). This valley lies to the south
of the city rather than the east. Modern speech translations render this
phrase Potsherd Gate. This gate may be identified with the Valley Gate (2
Chronicles 26:9; Nehemiah 2:13 ,Nehemiah 2:13,2:15; Nehemiah 3:13 ) or
perhaps to the Refuse or Dung Gate (Nehemiah 2:13; Nehemiah 3:13-14;
Nehemiah 12:31 ) located 1,000 cubits away. (2) The East Gate of the outer
court of the Temple. Since the Temple faced east, this gate was the main
entrance to the Temple complex (Ezekiel 47:1 ). Levites in charge of the
East Gate of Solomon's Temple had responsibility for the free-will offerings
(2 Chronicles 31:14 ). In a vision, Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord depart
through the East Gate before the destruction of the city (Ezekiel 10:19 ).
His vision of the new Temple included the return of God's glory through the
same gate (Ezekiel 43:1-2 ). God's use of this gate rendered it holy. It was
to remain closed. Only the prince (messianic king) was allowed to enter it
(Ezekiel 44:1-3 ). (3) The East Gate of the inner court of the Temple. This
gate was closed on the six working days but open on the Sabbath (Ezekiel
AND BEHOLD, THERE WERE TWENTY-FIVE MEN AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE GATE, AND
AMONG THEM I SAW JAAZANIAH SON OF AZZUR AND PELATIAH SON OF BENAIAH, LEADERS
OF THE PEOPLE. (2Ki25:23)
(Ezek 11:13; 22:27; Is1:10,23; Ho5:10)
which initially makes you think they are the same 25 who were worshiping the
sun in (Ezek 8:16). Most (but not all) commentaries state that they are not
the same because in chapter 8 they were most likely Levites (or priests) and
more importantly their location was between the porch and the altar whereas
the 25 in this vision are designated as the leaders
of the people
and their location is
the entrance of the gate
and the charge against them is not corrupt worship but corrupt leadership.
(his father was Azzur) was not identical with the "Jaazaniah"
in (Ezek 8:11)
for his father's name was Shaphan.
Ezekiel 11:2 He
said to me,
these are the
Literal: And He saith
unto me, `Son of man, these are the men who are devising iniquity, and who
are giving evil counsel in this city;
then [the Spirit] said to me, Son of man, these are the men who devise
iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city,
SAID TO ME SON OF MAN THESE ARE THE MEN WHO DEVISE INIQUITY AND GIVE
EVIL ADVICE IN THIS CITY: (Esther
8:3; Ps2:1,2; 36:4; 52:2; Is30:1; 59:4; Jer5:5; 18:18; Mic2:1,2)
This is a description of the wicked leaders and their bad advice to those
still remaining in Jerusalem.
(02803)(chasab/hasab) has the basic idea of employing the
mind in a thinking activity. The idea is not so much to "understand" but to
create new ideas. Chashab was used as an accounting term
(Abraham believed God's promises and it was reckoned or accounted - chashab - to his spiritual account as righteousness).
translates chashab with the Greek verb
logizomai which means to think about something in a detailed and logical manner.
Logizomai is in the present tense indicating that these leaders were
continually thinking about how they would propagate evil or futility (as
indicated by the adjective mataios - see below).
Iniquity is translated in the Lxx with the adjective
(from maten = groundless, invalid) means vain, empty, devoid of force,
lacking in content, nonproductive, useless, dead, fruitless, aimless, of no
real or lasting value. This adjective describes an ineffectual attempt to do
something or an unsuccessful effort to attain something. Mataios emphasizes
aimlessness or the leading to no object or end and thus is used to describe
false gods or idols in contrast to the true God.
Ezekiel 11:3 who
say, 'Is not the time
This city is the
pot and we are the
Literal: who are
saying, It is not near--to build houses, it is the pot, and we the flesh.
Who say, [The time] is not near to build houses; this city is the boiling
pot and we are the flesh.
SAY, 'IS NOT THE TIME NEAR TO BUILD HOUSES?:
7:7; 12:22,27; Is 5:19; Jer1:11,12; Am6:5)
not the time near to build houses"
could be translated one of two ways...
say things like, 'Let's build more houses. This city is like a cooking pot
over a fire, and we are the meat, but at least the pot keeps us from being
burned in the fire." (CEV) "They say, 'We will soon be building
houses again. The city is like a cooking pot, and we are like the meat in
it, but at least it protects us from the fire." (TEV) "They say,
'It's almost time to rebuild homes. This city is a cooking pot, and we're
the meat.'" (GWT), "who say, It is not near, let us build houses; she
is the pot, and we are the flesh" (LITV) "Who say, It is not near;
let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we are the flesh"
(Webster) "Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is
the caldron, and we be the flesh." (KJV) "Shall we not,” they say,
“be building houses soon? The city is the kettle, and we are the meat"
(NAB) "They say, ‘Will it not soon be time to build houses? This city is
a cooking pot, and we are the meat " (NIV) "They say to the people,
‘Is it not a good time to build houses? Our city is like an iron pot. Inside
it we will be like meat—safe from all harm" (NLT) "They say, ‘We can
make anything happen here. We’re the best. We’re the choice pieces of meat
in the soup pot" (MESSAGE)
Option 2: "The time is not near to build houses: this city is the
caldron, and we are the flesh" (ASV) "Who say, This is not the time
for building houses: this town is the cooking-pot and we are the flesh"
(BBE) "who say, It is not the time to build houses: this is the cauldron,
and we are the flesh" (Darby) "Who say, 'The time is not near to
build houses. This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.'" (ESV) "They
say, "There will be no house-building yet awhile. The city is the cooking
pot and we are the meat." (NJB) "they say, 'The time is not near to
build houses; this city is the pot, and we are the meat.'" (NRSV) "They
say, ‘The time is not near to build houses; the city is a cooking pot and we
are the meat in it" (NET) "Who say, [The time] is not near to build
houses; this city is the boiling pot and we are the flesh. " (AMP)
As you can see, the translators are "split" on whether this is a statement
affirming building houses or advice against building houses. If read as a
question as here in the NASB, one gets a hint of their "evil advice".
ESV Study Bible - Unfortunately for interpretation, the wicked
counsel announced in v. 2 and quoted in v. 3 is obscure. Verse 3a may be
either a statement or a question. If the former, the cauldron and meat
metaphor is negative (“we’re cooked!”); but if the latter, the metaphor is
positive (“we won’t be burned!”). Since it is unlikely that being cooked is
positive, the imagery is best understood to indicate fear, which led to
mistrusting God. The metaphor is further developed in Ezekiel 24.
Charles Ryrie (NASB Ryrie Study Bible) says "These leaders counseled the
people to build houses in Jerusalem, which, like a pot, would supposedly
protect the inhabitants from Nebuchadnezzar. As prophesied by Ezekiel
(v11), quite the opposite would be true."
Ryrie Study Bible: New American Standard Translation: 1995. Moody Publishers)
These leaders remind us of those in our day even as Peter warned saying that
"in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after
their own lusts and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? (His
coming brings judgment on those who habitually follow their lusts just as
would occur in Jerusalem) For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all
continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." (2Pe 3:4-note)
God had given orders through Jeremiah (Jer 29:4-11) that the captives would
build houses in Babylon because Jerusalem would fall. These leaders were
giving lying advice about building homes, in so doing deceiving those left
THIS CITY IS THE POT AND WE ARE THE FLESH:
11:7-11; 24:3-14; Jer1:13)
The meaning of this phrase is difficult to state with certainty but could
mean something like the meat or flesh was safe in the pot as it was shielded
from the fire. It is as if the leaders were declaring that Jerusalem's
inhabitants were secure inside Jerusalem's walls by promulgating a proverb
"This city is a cooking pot and we are the meat" (safe inside the "pot")
Reformation Study Bible - The leadership of Jerusalem had already
been deported by Nebuchadnezzar in 597 B.C.; this deportation included much
of the royal family, the leaders of the military, and the craftsmen, leaving
only “the poorest people of the land” (2Ki 24:13–16). Those who rose to
prominence in the absence of the earlier ruling class appear to have had
delusions of grandeur. The analogy they used of a cauldron and meat seems to
mean that they considered those who had been deported from the city as the
waste parts of a butchered animal, while they were the best parts.
MacDonald sees a parallel between the attitude of the leaders and nominal
Christians today, writing that "In the same way, many nominal Christians
feel safe from God’s judgment despite the sin in their lives, but the Lord
will tell them, “I never knew you.” The fire may be delayed but the fire
of judgment is coming.
Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson)
Ezekiel 11:4 "Therefore,
prophesy concerning them, prophesy, son of man.'
Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, O son of man!
THEREFORE, PROPHESY AGAINST THEM SON OF MAN, PROPHESY!:
3:2-15,17, 18, 19, 20, 21; 20:46,47; 21:2; 25:2; Is 58:1; Ho 6:5; 8:1)
Ezekiel, condemn them!" (CEV)
"Now then, denounce them, mortal man"
against them Ezekiel was
instructed to reinterpret their "meat in the pot" symbolism
quite differently! In the following verses, Ezekiel explains that the city
of Jerusalem was the pot and the slain people were the meat! The leaders
themselves would be taken out of the city and judged at the border of Israel
(2Ki 25:18, 19, 20, 21; Jer 5:24, 25, 26, 27).
Ezekiel 11:5 Then the
Spirit of the
fell upon me, and He
said to me
Israel, for I
Literal: And fall upon
me doth the Spirit of Jehovah, and He saith unto me, `Say: Thus said
Jehovah: Rightly ye have said, O house of Israel, And the steps of your
spirit I have known.
Amplified: And the Spirit of
the Lord fell upon me, and He said to me, Speak. Say, Thus says the Lord:
This is what you thought, O house of Israel, for I know the things that come
into your mind.
NET - Then the
Spirit of the LORD came upon me and said to me, “Say: This is what the LORD
says: ‘This is what you are thinking, O house of Israel; I know what goes
through your minds.
THEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD FELL UPON ME AND HE SAID TO ME
SAY, 'THUS SAYS THE LORD ''SO YOU THINK, HOUSE OF ISRAEL, FOR I KNOW YOUR
(Ezek 2:2; 3:24,27; Ezek 8:1; Nu 11:25,26; 1Sa10:6,10; Acts 10:44; 11:15)
(Ezek 2:4,5,7; 3:11; Is58:1) (Ezek 28:2; 29:3; 38:11; Ps50:21; Is28:15; Mal 3:13,14; Mk 3:22-30; Jas 3:6) (Ezek 38:10; 1Ch28:9; Ps7:9; 139:2,3; Jer
6:17; 17:10; Mk 2:8; Jn 2:24; Jn 2:25; 21:17; He4:13; Rev 2:23)
Then - Be alert to this
expression of time,
as it marks progression of events and can be very helpful in following the
flow of a passage, especially if the passage is prophetic.
upon me is only used here in Ezekiel instructing him to prophesy.
In Ezek 8:1 "the hand of the Lord GOD
fell on" Ezekiel.
In Ezekiel 2:2 "the Spirit entered" Ezekiel and set him on his feet and
spoke to him
The Spirit of the LORD - This phrase occurs 28 times in the Bible -
Jdg. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 13:25; 14:6, 19; 15:14; 1 Sam. 10:6; 16:13f; 2 Sam.
23:2; 1Ki. 18:12; 22:24; 2 Ki. 2:16; 2 Chr. 18:23; 20:14; Isa. 11:2; 40:13;
61:1; 63:14; Ezek. 11:5; 37:1; Mic. 2:7; 3:8; Lk. 4:18; Acts 5:9; 8:39; 2
I know your thoughts (Heb “I know the steps of your spirits”) - This
speaks of God's omniscience and is a truth we all do well to frequently
ponder for an awareness of it can be a great deterrent against sin when we
are being sorely tempted!
know the devices of your spirit" (Brenton's translation of the
Septuagint) where Hebrew word for "thoughts" is translate with the
Greek noun diaboulia = counsels, deliberations, intrigues, plotting
Ezekiel is to remind the leaders that not were their actions not hidden from
God's omniscience, neither were their very thoughts. God knew what they were
thinking, saying, and doing.
Constable - God always knows what His people are thinking (cf. Ps.
139:1–6; Dan. 2:30; Acts 1:24). In this case their thinking was in rebellion
against what He, through Jeremiah, had told them to do.
11:6 "You have
Literal: Ye multiplied
your wounded in this city, And filled its out-places with the wounded.
You have multiplied your slain in this city and you have filled its streets
with the slain.
NET - You have
killed many people in this city; you have filled its streets with corpses.’
YOU HAVE MULTIPLIED YOUR SLAIN IN THIS CITY, FILLING ITS STREETS WITH THEM:
7:23; 9:9; 22:2, 3, 4, 5, 6,9,12,27; 24:6, 7, 8, 9; 2Ki21:16; Is1:15;
Je2:30,34; Je7:6,9; La4:13; Ho4:2,3; Mic3:2,3,10; 7:2; Zeph3:3; Mt23:35)
You - The point is that Judah was responsible for the destruction
that had been depicted in Ezek 9:7. They were reaping what they had sown.
Multiplied...filling - graphic depiction of loss of human life in
ESV Study Bible - Although the judgment that multiplies corpses is
divine (Ezek 9:7), it has been provoked by the people’s guilt, and they
NKJV Study Bible gives a different interpretation - Jerusalem’s
official leaders had been accused of wicked activities and giving
unrighteous advice (Ezek 11:2); here we discover that they had killed fellow
Constable - they had slain many innocent people in Jerusalem by
perverting justice and taking advantage of the weak.
Ezekiel 11:7 'Therefore,
whom you have
laid in the
midst of the city are
this city is the
pot; but I will
bring you out
thus said the Lord Jehovah: Your wounded whom ye placed in its midst, They
are the flesh, and it is the pot, And you he hath brought out from its
Therefore thus says the Lord God: Your slain whom you have laid in your
midst; they are the flesh and this city is the boiling pot, but you shall be
brought forth out of the midst of it.
Therefore, this is what the sovereign LORD says: ‘The corpses you have
dumped in the midst of the city are the meat, and this city is the cooking
pot, but I will take you out of it.
THEREFORE, THUS SAYS THE LORD GOD "YOUR SLAIN WHOM YOU HAVE LAID IN THE
MIDST OF THE CITY ARE THE FLESH AND THIS CITY IS THE POT BUT I WILL BRING
YOU OUT OF IT:
24:3-13; Mic3:2,3) (Ezek 3:9, 10, 11; 2 Ki25:18, 19, 20, 21, 22; Jer 52:24,
25, 26, 27)
Therefore - Term of conclusion. Ezekiel 11:7-11 announces the "death
penalty" on Judah.
They are the flesh -
Ezekiel changes the meaning of flesh from "leaders" (they declared "we
are the flesh" in Ezek 11:3) to those they killed (which tends to
support that Ezek 11:6 refers to those the leaders had killed).
Reformation Study Bible - The prophet makes clear that the best part,
the “meat” of the city, was the ones who had been killed. The new leaders
had considered themselves to be this best part (Ezek 11:3).
This city is the pot - Jerusalem is caldron. It will not be a place
Constable - Jerusalem had become like a cooking pot in that these
slain people were like meat in it. It was a secure place only for those who
had already died there. Nevertheless the Lord would remove the living from
Ezekiel 11:8 "You have
sword; so I will
sword upon you," the
Literal: A sword ye
have feared, And a sword I bring in against you, An affirmation of the Lord
You have feared the sword, and I will bring a sword upon you, says the Lord
NET - You fear
the sword, so the sword I will bring against you,’ declares the sovereign
HAVE FEARED A SWORD; SO I WILL BRING A SWORD UPON YOU," THE LORD GOD
3:25; 20:24; Pr 10:24; Is 24:17,18; 30:16,17; 66:4; Jer 38:19, 20, 21, 22, 23;
42:14, 15, 16; 44:12,13; Am 9:1-4; Jn 11:48; 1Th 2:15,16)
You - The evil leaders.
Feared the sword - Possibly alludes to how the leaders had gained
power (by the sword).
Constable - Jerusalem would provide no refuge for the living. The
Lord would bring the sword of the invader down on them. He would bring them
out of the city into the hands of the invading enemy soldiers who would kill
and capture them.
Solomon testified that "What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the
desire of the righteous will be granted." (Pr 10:24 )
Ezekiel 11:9 "And I will
bring you out of the
midst of the city and
deliver you into the
Literal: And I have
brought you out of its midst, And given you into the hand of strangers, And
I have done among you judgments.
And I will bring you forth out of the midst of it and deliver you into the
hands of foreigners and execute judgments among you.
NET - ‘But I
will take you out of the city. And I will hand you over to foreigners. I
will execute judgments on you.
AND I WILL BRING YOU OUT OF THE MIDST OF THE CITY AND DELIVER YOU INTO THE
HANDS OF STRANGERS AND EXECUTE JUDGMENTS AGAINST YOU:
(Ezek 21:31; Dt 28:36,49,50; 2Ki 24:4; Neh 9:36,37; Ps 106:41; Jer 5:15, 16,
17; 39:6) (Ezek 5:8,10,15; 16:38,41; 30:19; Ps 106:30; Eccl 8:11; Jn 5:27;
Ro 13:4; Jude 15)
I will bring you out - God carries out this act, whereas in 2Ki 25:4
says the men of war fled in panic ( the Arabah = The Jordan Valley). Once
again we see the pattern of God's sovereignty and man's free will, a mystery
of mysteries, that we may argue about, but which is repeatedly seen in the
Scriptures in numerous different contexts.
Deliver you - Again emphasize God sovereign act of bringing
about His justice and fulfilling His prophecy. King Zedekiah was captured at
Jericho (2Ki 25:5).
Into the hands of strangers - The Babylonians
Execute judgments against you - Ezekiel prophecies the just demise of
the evil leaders at the final attack by the Babylonians in July, 586BC...
2Kgs 25:4 Then the city (Jerusalem) was broken into, and all the men of war
fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s
garden, though the Chaldeans (Babylonians) were all around the city. And
they went by way of the
Arabah . 5 But the army of the
Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all
his army was scattered from him. 6 Then they captured the king and brought
him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and he passed sentence on him. 7 They
slaughtered the sons of
before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze
fetters and brought him to Babylon.
Ezekiel 11:10 "You will
fall by the
sword. I will
judge you to the
Israel; so you shall
know that I am the
Literal: By the sword
ye do fall, On the border of Israel I do judge you, And ye have known that I
You shall fall by the sword; I will judge and punish you [before your
neighbors] at the border or outside the land of Israel, and you shall know
(understand and realize) that I am the Lord.
NET - You will
die by the sword; I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you will
know that I am the LORD.
YOU WILL FALL BY THE SWORD. I WILL JUDGE YOU TO THE BORDER OF ISRAEL; SO
YOU SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD:
(2 Ki 25:19, 20, 21; Je39:6; 52:9,10,24, 25, 26, 27) (Nu 34:8,9; Jos13:5; 1Ki 8:65;
2Ki14:25) (Ezek 6:7; 13:9,14,21,23; Ps9:16; Je9:24)
I will judge you in the border of
Israel - Far from the so-called protecting city. The terrible judgment on
King Zedekiah and the leaders took place at
52:24-27; 2Ki 25:18-21)
Ezekiel 11:11 "This
city will not be a
pot for you,
nor will you be
flesh in the
midst of it, but I
judge you to the
Literal: It is not to
you for a pot, Nor are ye in its midst for flesh, At the border of Israel I
do judge you.
This city shall not be your boiling pot, neither shall you be the flesh in
the midst of it; I will judge you at the border or outside of Israel;
NET - This
city will not be a cooking pot for you, and you will not be meat within it;
I will judge you at the border of Israel.
THIS CITY WILL NOT BE A POT FOR YOU, NOR WILL YOU BE FLESH IN THE MIDST OF
IT, BUT I WILL JUDGE YOU TO THE BORDER OF ISRAEL:
(Ezek 11:3,7, 8, 9, 10)
Ezekiel reverses the meaning of the proverb, stating that the city will not
be a pot conveying protection.
Stuart - This message was exactly the opposite of what Jerusalem’s
leaders considered appropriate. They saw the exiles as unfortunate victims
of their own bad luck and poor judgment for having somehow gotten exiled
instead of having been spared as the present leaders had been.
I will judge you to the border of Israel - As King Zedekiah and the
leaders fled the city in an attempt to escape the Babylonians, Ezekiel makes
it very clear that they may leave the city but they will be judged
52:24-27; 2Ki 25:18-21).
Note God's sovereignty in this section - I will bring you
out....deliver...execute judgments...I will judge you (Ezek 11:9, 10,
11). And note the result in Ezekiel 11;12 - they will know Who it was Who
carried out this judgment against them. Not the Babylonians per se, but the
Lord God Almighty. The wages of sin have always been death. Do not be
deceived beloved. There is no such thing as a "little sin." (James 1:13-15,
cp Song 2:15).
Ezekiel 11:12 "Thus you will
know that I am the
LORD; for you have
walked in My
nor have you
ordinances, but have
acted according to
ordinances of the
Literal: And ye have
known that I am Jehovah, For in My statutes ye have not walked, And My
Judgments ye have not done, And according to the judgments of the nations
Who are round about you--ye have done!'
And you shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord; for you have
not walked in My statutes nor executed My ordinances, but have acted
according to the ordinances of the nations around you.
NET - Then you
will know that I am the LORD, whose statutes you have not followed and whose
regulations you have not carried out. Instead you have behaved according to
the regulations of the nations around you!’ ”
THUS YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD; FOR YOU HAVE NOT WALKED IN MY
STATUTES NOR HAVE YOU EXECUTED MY ORDINANCES: (Ezek
11:21; 20:16,21,24; Lev 26:40; 1Ki 11:33; 2Ki 21:22; Ezr 9:7; Neh 9:34; Psa
78:10; Jer 6:16; Da 9:10)
Thus - Here is the conclusion. When they are judged they will
understand it was Jehovah's hand that brought this about. Indeed, when all
the unregenerate stand before the final judgment at the Great White Throne,
they will surely know and understand that it is Jehovah Whom they have
rejected as Savior has become Jehovah their Righteous Judges! (Rev 20:11-14-note)
will know that I am the LORD
- This phrase is mentioned twice (Ezek 11:10 and here) . In the context of
His righteous judgment, when Ezekiel's prophecy comes to pass, the leaders
will know that He is Jehovah.
Know that I am the LORD - recall this is a key phrase in this book.
God wants His people to know Him - Ezek. 6:7, 10, 13, 14; 7:4, 27; 11:10,
12; 12:15f, 20; 13:9, 14, 21, 23; 14:8; 15:7; 16:62; 17:24; 20:12, 20, 26,
38, 42, 44; 22:16; 23:49; 24:24, 27; 25:5, 7, 11, 17; 26:6; 28:22, 23, 24,
26; 29:6, 9, 16, 21; 30:8, 19, 25f; 32:15; 33:29; 34:27; 35:4, 9, 15; 36:11,
23, 38; 37:6, 13, 28; 38:23; 39:6f, 22, 28;
If you have read through these preceding passages, you will notice that the
context in which Jehovah makes Himself known is when He executes judgment.
How sad that for many (most) of humanity, it will not be until He executes
judgment that they come to realize and understand that God is real, that He
really did provide a way of escape in Christ, that they rejected their way
of salvation and that they justly deserve their everlasting separation from
His holy Presence because of their unredeemed, unholy ways (sins). Dear
reader, if you are a skeptic today, there will come a day when you are no
longer a skeptic but a "believer" in Jehovah, but that belief won't be by
faith but by sight and it will be too late. I pray you hear and heed Paul's
urgent message quoted from Isaiah...
AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I
HELPED YOU"; behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE
DAY OF SALVATION" (2Cor 6:2, Isaiah 49:8)
term of explanation
explains why they will be judged by Jehovah.
Execute My ordinances - There is in a sense a play on words, poetic
justice if you will. Note that here failure to execute God's ordinances
describes their "sowing" of evil (failure to obey His laws) and Ezekiel 11:9
("execute judgments") describes the "reaping" of their evil deeds.
My ordinances - As revealed in the Mosaic Covenant.
BUT HAVE ACTED ACCORDING TO THE ORDINANCES OF THE NATIONS AROUND YOU:
8:10,14,16; 16:44, 45, 46, 47; Lev 18:3,24, 25, 26, 27, 28; Dt 12:30,31; 2Ki
16:3,10,11; 2Ki 17:11-23; 18:12; 21:2; 2Chr 13:9; 28:3; 33:2-9; 36:14; Ps
106:35, 36, 37, 38, 39; Jer 10:2)
Term of Contrast
Ordinances of the nations - The leaders actions were based on the
ordinances of the godless nations instead of the ordinances of the God of
the nations ("My ordinances"). They would be judged because they had been
unfaithful to the Mosaic Covenant ("My ordinances").
Their actions are reminiscent of those who lived in the time of the book of
Judges 21:25 -
In those days there
was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Application - How many times have we heard justification of lowering
our moral standards because of some one else we know who professes to be a
godly man or woman...if they did I can too! Believers often err in thinking
that their moral standards are okay, not realizing that they have been
influenced by the cultural around them ("the ordinances of the nations").
Leaven of sin by nature always spreads. Only the Gospel provides the
antidote! Have you noticed over the years how television shows have
gradually lowered the bar regarding their language? What would have been
censored in the 1950's is now totally acceptable, and sadly is "imbibed"
even by genuine believers! We must remember that we are aliens and strangers
and are actively (whether we realize it or not) involved in a very real
cultural (spiritual) war in America (I write in May, 2014). The fate of
America can be no different from that of ancient Judah if we continue to act
like godless, amoral pagans.
Revive us O Lord, by Thy Spirit of holiness and Thy
Word of Truth and Righteousness, for the sake of the Name above all names,
Christ Jesus. Amen