Verse 1 – Now the word of the Lord came to me saying:
Verse 2 – “Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,
Verse 3 – “and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God! Thus says the Lord God to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: “Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places.
Could you image only being able to speak if God gave you the words to speak? That’s what happened to Ezekiel. The message in chapter six is that Judah’s idolatry would surely bring God’s judgment. The mountain’s high places, is where they would set these idols up and hold large congregations of worship. I also think its amazing that God told him to speak to the mountains, ravines, and to the valleys. We too are to speak to our mountains.
Verse 4 – “Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
Verse 5 – “And I will lay the corps of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars.
Verse 6 – “In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
Verse 7 – “The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the Lord.
Over and over again throughout Israel’s history, God proved Himself to them. From generation to generation, they knew what God was capable of, and yet they provoked Him. Why? for the same reasons people reject Him today. They simply want to do what they want to do without anyone telling them any different.
Some people will live their entire lives never knowing this loving God, we call Jesus, and they will pay dearly throughout eternity for that choice. Sound harsh? It’s the truth. If someone leaves this world without accepting Jesus, they are lost forever. How many times did God send His prophets and other godly men to warn Israel to turn back to Him? We today, have an entire Bible to tell of God’s love, and forgiveness and devotion to His creation, but yet some will still reject it, and that’s what Judah did.
Verse 8 – “Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries.
Verse 9 – “Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.
Sometimes people have to be broken to see what they have done. They become grieved over how they have been living. When true repentance comes, it is so much more than just being sorry. A determination to turn around and go in the way that the Holy Spirit directs will be a total transformation taking place in the spirit, and soon the life-style changes because of the renewing of the mind – their conscious.
Verse 10 – “And they shall know that I am the Lord, and that I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.”
The people needed a new attitude towards God, and this wouldn’t happen until they were brought to brokenness, humiliation, pain, suffering, and defeat. Sin was the cause of all their suffering.
Verse 11 – “Thus says the Lord God: “Pound your fists and stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and pestilence.
Prophecies often use this threefold description of judgment upon Jerusalem, sword, famine, and pestilence, as a way of saying the destitution would be complete. The sword meant death in battle; famine meant food supplies cut off because of sieges from the enemies; and plague was always a danger during a famine because of dead bodies piling up. Rest assured, judgment will come for all those who reject the God of all creation.
Verse 12 – ‘He who is far off shall die by pestilence, he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who remains and is besieged shall die by famine. Thus will I spend My fury upon them.
Verse 13 – ‘Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when their slain men are among their idols all around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every thick oak, whether they offered sweet incense to all their idols.
In the pagan belief system, people would seek assistance of gods and goddesses of nature to bless themselves and make themselves prosperous. People today worship “World Pantheism. Nature is at the heart of their spirituality. This is the Greek Earth goddess, Gaia.
Look at Romans 1:25 – who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Yes, we are to take care of the things God created, including the earth and the creatures in it; no we are not to worship “Mother nature,” that is paganism!
Verse 14 – ‘So I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblah, in all their habitation. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’ ” ‘ ”
The purpose of all God’s punishment was to impress upon the people the truth that the Lord is the only living God. God may use any circumstance He chooses in our lives to prove that He alone is God!