Ezekiel 5: Justice Is Coming
As we read Ezekiel 5, it is pretty obvious that it is not good to have to take on the wrath of God. The people of Judah had continually ignored the laws of God, and judgment was coming.
Eze 5:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
Eze 5:6 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
Eze 5:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;
Eze 5:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.
Eze 5:9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.
Obviously, there were a lot of problems going on in Jerusalem, and God was going to now bring judgment. Verse nine stood out to me though. The judgment that was coming was nothing like Jerusalem had been through before. They had been continually blessed by God, but because of all of their sins and errors, God was not going to give them type of treatment anymore.
Think about it. This was a group people who were set apart to have the law of God. They knew exactly what God wanted from them, and when you have knowledge, you certainly cannot plead ignorance. The people of Jerusalem and Judah were more than capable of understanding that what they were doing was contrary to the will of God, but they continued doing it.
God, who is just, is also patient. Notice that when the first king of Jerusalem went astray, God did not immediately throw them out. He gave them time to find their way back to God, and they did at times. However, at this point in history, God applied justice. He had given them ample time and opportunity over many generations to come back, but they didn’t.
I think this has a lot of application for us. We need to make sure that we are lined up with the will of God. We don’t want to find ourselves in a place like Jerusalem.