Ezekiel 24

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Ezekiel 24

Overview.

The Boiling pot.

The beginning of the end of Jerusalem is signaled by the allegory of the boiling pot and Ezekiel’s responses to the death of his wife. Making the end of the date is recorded, “in the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day,” is the day when King Nebuchadnezzar began to siege Jerusalem, January 15, 588BC.  

The contents in the pot(vv.4-5) is allegory of all people, good and bad, clean and unclean. The contents will be thoroughly boiled, which refers to the siege of Babylonian king, and the pot emptied, which refer to after the siege.

Corrosion and rusty in verses 6 and 11 refers to Jerusalem’s bloody past. The blood should be drained out before cooking the meat (Leviticus 17:1-14). Remaining rust refers to defiled Jerusalem, the people of Jerusalem who still impure, and it bring the wrath of God (v.13)

Ezekiel is told about the impending death of his wife, and instructed not to show signs of grief or to participate in mourning rituals. This act refers to numbing they would become, and inexpressible grief they will face.

The oracle is concluded with the day when Jerusalem will be destroyed, when the exiles will hear the news, and Ezekiel will open his mouth to speak, and the day when they will know the Lord.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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