Ezekiel 14: Ignoring the Truth
The people of Jerusalem had turned away from God, and they were basically trapped in idolatry. However, it is interesting in Ezekiel 14 that we receive the following connection to the other books of the Bible.
Eze 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 14:15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
Eze 14:16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
Eze 14:17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
Eze 14:18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
These are three men who were saved from physical death by God. Daniel could have died in the invasion, Noah could have drowned and Job could have been killed through all of his trials. However, God preserved them because of how they lived their lives. We are not talking about eternal salvation here necessarily, but because of their righteousness, they did not physically die here on earth when they could have.
At this point, the people were at such a dark point that even with the example of one of these men, no one else would be delivered with them. It is a lot like the time of Noah. Nobody would listen to him because they were in such a dark spot. However, it had even advanced to the point where his own family would not listen to him. That was how awful the situation was for these people.
I hope that we never find ourselves in this kind of position. Even if we had some of the most righteous people of all time there with us, we would ignore them and not turn from our idolatry. That is a sad place.