Verse 1 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me saying,
Verse 2 – “Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations!
Verse 3 – “Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself.
Sheds blood and makes idols goes to the 10 Commandments. This stipulates a person’s relationship to God as well as to his fellow-man. Rather than loving God, the city had turned to idolatry. The love for their fellow Israelites had been replaced by treachery.
Verse 4 – “You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries.
Verse 5 – “Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and full of tumult.
As a result of their lack of obedience, God had made them a reproach and a mockery to all nations. Paul had the same concept in Romans 2:24, which says, “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as is written.
Verse 6 – “Look, the princes of Israel: each one has used his power to shed blood in you.
Verse 7 – “In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger, in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow.
These princes and leaders were responsible for justice being administered within the city, they had abused it. Their lack of concern for the orphans and widows was in violation of the Mosaic covenant.
Verse 8 – “You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths.
Verse 9 – “In you are men who slander to cause bloodshed; in you are those who eat on the mountains, in your midst they commit lewdness.
For money, these people gave false testimonies against the innocent.
Verse 10 – “In you men uncover their father’s nakedness; in you they violate women who are set apart during their impurity.
This verse is talking about a relationship with the “stepmother.”
Verse 11 – “One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter.
God calls these acts abominations, and guess what, they still are. To have relations or rape, with ones sister, brother, aunt, uncle, step-mother, daughter, son, all of these are still abominations in God’s law.
Verse 12 – “In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me,” says the Lord God.
Verse 13 – “Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst.
Verse 14 – “Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the Lord, have spoken, and will do it.
God asked them if they can endure the evils that are about to come on them.
Verse 15 – “I will scatter you among the nations, despise you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you.
Not only was God warning them through His prophet Ezekiel, but Moses had warned them that if they continued to pursue disobedience, that would lead to dispersion (Leviticus 26:27-39; Deuteronomy 28:64-68).
Verse 16 – “You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the Lord.” ‘ ”
Verse 17 – The word of the Lord came to me saying,
Verse 18 – “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; they are all bronze, tin, iron, and lead, in the midst of a furnace; they have become dross from silver (useless).
This is harsh, but God said the invasion of Jerusalem would be to refine, just as silver is with intense heat. But, the refining process showed that the people like worthless dross, had nothing good in them. This refining would be done by the Babylonians.
Verse 19 – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
Verse 20 – ‘As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there a melt you.
Verse 21 – ‘Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst.
Verse 22 – ‘As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the LOrd, have poured out My fury on you.’ ”
Verse 23 – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 24 – “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’
Ezekiel’s combination of rain and judgment goes back to the account of the biblical flood in Genesis. Just as the flood was used to cleanse the world of its wickedness, God would cleanse the land of Israel with fire.
Verse 25 – “The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.
Verse 26 – “Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
The priests were supposed to keep God’s worship pure and teach the people right living. We read previously how the priest had defiled the temple.
Verse 27 – “Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.
Verse 28 – “Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord had not spoken.
Verse 29 – “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; they wrongfully oppressed the stranger.
Verse 30 – “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
Verse 31 – “Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.
Do you remember in Genesis 18, where God promised to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if only 10 righteous persons were found there? He said here that He couldn’t find any to stand in the gap, to intercede for the people. We can’t stand in the gap for people when our own lives are corrupted by sin.