Verse 1 – Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the Lord’s house, which faces eastward; and there at the door of the gate were twenty-five men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
These were the twenty-five men who were worshiping the sun.
Verse 2 – And He said to me: “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city,
Verse 3 – “who say, ‘The time is not near to build houses; this city is the caldron, and we are the meat.’
Verse 4 – “Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man!”
These men had told the people that they were secure from another attack from the Babylonians. “This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat” means they believed that they were the elite, the influential, the ones who would be protected from all harm. Oh, they were so wrong.
Verse 5 – Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! ‘Thus says the Lord: Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind.
Trying to hide our thoughts from God is futile. I imagine, the people thought Ezekiel was crazy when he told them God knew their thoughts. I think we sometimes forget that God sees our thoughts and hears when they come out of our mouths. A little self-control, goes a long way.
Verse 6 – “You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.”
They had done everything unimaginable. They had set up idols in God’s house; worshiped pagan gods; sacrificed their children in fire; ate their children; and lived like God didn’t know or care, without fear.
Verse 7 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God” “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron (cooking pot); but I shall bring you out of the midst of it.
Verse 8 – “You have feared the sword; and I will bring the sword upon you,” says the Lord God.
Verse 9 – “And I will bring you out of the midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and execute judgments on you.
Verse 10 – “You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
Verse 11 – “This city shall not be your caldron, nor shall you be the meat in its midst. I will judge you at the border of Israel.
Verse 12 – “And you shall know that I am the Lord, for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you.” ‘ ”
From the time the Israelites entered the promise land, they were warned not to follow the practices and customs of other nations. We get our standards from God’s word, not the standards of the world. As Christians, followers of Christ, we are to imitate our Father and that does not include adopting other religions that worship any other person or thing other than the One True God. The only way to reach the Father is through His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. All other beliefs and religions are false! There is one gate and that gate is narrow.
Matthew 7:13, 14 – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (14) “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Verse 13 – Now it happened, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried with a loud voice, and said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Will you make a complete end of the remnant of Israel?”
Pelatiah was among the twenty-five men. When this prophesy was finished, it was done.
Verse 14 – Again the word of the Lord came to me saying,
Verse 15 – “Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your kinsmen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Get far away from the Lord; this land has been given to us as a possession.
The Jews that were still in Jerusalem thought they were the faithful ones because they hadn’t been captured. They thought the Jews that had been carried off captive to “Babylon were the wicked ones.
Verse 16 – “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Although I have cast them afar off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” ‘
The ones that had been taken captive were the ones God would protect. God promised to be personally for the exiles what the temple had been for them in Jerusalem.
Verse 17 – “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will gather you from the people, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ‘
Verse 18 – “And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there.
When the exiles return, they will remove the detestable idols and vile images that once filled the land. Some scholars, believe this took place in Ezra 6-10.
Verse 19 – “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,
Verse 20 – “That they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Verse 21 – “But as for those whose hearts walk after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.
Verse 22 – Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was high above them.
Verse 23 – And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.
Verse 24 – Then the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to those in captivity. And the vision that I had seen went up from me.
Verse 25 – So I spoke to those in captivity of all the things the Lord had shown me.
God’s glory left Jerusalem and stood above a mountain on the east side of the city – Mount Olives. Zechariah 4:14 says this is the place, Mount Olives, where Christ will return.