Verse 1 – Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
Verse 2 – “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.
Eyes that see but don’t see and ears that hear but don’t hear refers to disobedience and unbelief. They refused to believe the truth.
Verse 3 – “Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house.
Verse 4 – “By day you shall bring out your belongings in their sight, as though going into captivity; and at evening you shall go in their sight,
Verse 5 – “Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it.
Verse 6 – “In their sight you shall bear them, on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel.”
Verse 7 – So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and bore them on my shoulder in their sight.
The exile bags symbolized the remnant that will be led out of the homelands as captives.
Verse 8 – And in the morning the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 9 – “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’
Verse 10 – “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “This burden concerns the prince of Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them.” ‘
Verse 11 – “Say, ‘I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.’
Verse 12 – “And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes.
Ezekiel showed the people what was going to happen to Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. Jerusalem was going to be attacked again, and Zedekiah would join the exiles in Babylon. Zedekiah wouldn’t be able to see because Nebuchadnezzar would have his eyes gouged out.
Verse 13 – “I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.
Verse 14 – “I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them.
Verse 15 – “Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I scatter them among the nations and despise them throughout the countries.
Zedekiah was the one who wouldn’t listen to Jeremiah either. He’s also the one who had Jeremiah thrown in the well. It does matter whom you hang out with. When you line up with people who could care less about the things of God, rest assured, disaster is going to come. All those who were with Zedekiah that night that went out of the city with him, were punished too!
Verse 16 – “But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”
Verse 17 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me saying,
Verse 18 – “Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety.
Verse 19 – “And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it.
Jeremiah was prophesying in Jerusalem and Ezekiel to the exiles in Babylon, but the same God, in different places, was making it very clear what His message was.
Verse 20 -“Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ‘ ”
Verse 21 – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 22 – “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’?
God wasn’t talking about the people saying Ezekiel’s prophesy’s weren’t true, He was saying, the people now knew that their own prophet’s prophesy wasn’t coming true.
Verse 23 – “Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision.
Verse 24 – “For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.
Verse 25 – “For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed: for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,: says the Lord God.’ ”
In less than six years Jerusalem would be destroyed and the people would know that God follows through with what He spoke through His prophets.
Verse 26 – Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 27 – “Son of man look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now and he prophesies of times far off.’
Verse 28 – “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “None of my words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord God.’ ”
God’s mercy and patience had waited all these years for the people to turn back to Him, but they had rejected Him from one generation to the next.