Parable of the Melting Pot
Verse 1 – Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 2 – “Son of man, write down the name of the day, this very day – the king of Babylon started his siege against Jerusalem this very day.
Verse 3 – “And utter a parable to the rebellious house, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Put on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it.
Those left in Jerusalem were like the choice meat intended for the pot, as opposed to the discarded by-products that represented the people taken away into exile. This is not a reassuring parable to Jerusalem.
Verse 4 – Gather pieces of meat in it, every good piece, the thigh and the shoulder. Fill it with choice cuts;
Verse 5 – Take the choice of the flock. Also pile fuel bones under it, make it boil well, and let the cuts simmer in it.”
Jerusalem’s inhabitants, would be “boiled” in the judgment fire of Nebuchadnezzar’s siege.
Verse 6 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is in it, and whose scum is not gone from it! Bring it out piece by piece, on which no lot has fallen.
Verse 7 – For her blood is in her midst; she set it on top of a rock; she did not pour it on the ground, to cover it with dust.
The blood – the innocent blood that she has shed. On top of the rock – for all to see. These butchers of innocent ones leave their blood uncovered.
Verse 8 – That it may raise up fury and take vengeance, I have set her blood on top of a rock, that it may not be covered.”
I shall openly punish, in such a manner as it shall not soon be forgotten.
Verse 9 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the bloody city! I too will make the pyre great.
Verse 10 – Heap on wood, kindle the fire; cook the meat well, mix in the spices, and let the cuts be burned up.
Verse 11 – “Then set the pot empty on the coals, that it may become hot and its bronze may burn, that its filthiness may be melted in it, that its scum may be consumed.
Verse 12 – She has wearied herself with lies, and her great scum has not gone from her. Let her scum be in the fire!
Her scum – her unrepentant sins shall be punished in the fire that burns their city.
Verse 13 – In your filthiness is lewdness. Because I have purged you, and you were not purged, you will not be purged of your filthiness anymore, till I have caused My fury to rest upon you.
Verse 14 – I, the Lord have spoken it; it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not hold back, nor will I spare, nor will I relent; according to your ways and according to your deeds they will judge you,” says the Lord God.’ ”
Verse 15 – Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 16 – “Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down.
Verse 17 – “Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.”
Verse 18 – So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.
“Take the delight or desire of your eyes”, is reminiscent of God’s command to Abraham to offer his son as a sacrifice. When God told Ezekiel his wife was going to die, He didn’t want him to even shed a tear for her. Ezekiel obeyed God. How obedient are we willing to be to our God? I think this is why some will fall short of what God wants us to do, because we don’t see the bigger picture. Ezekiel was representing God to a nation, not just himself.
Verse 19 – And the people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things signify to us, that you behave so?”
Verse 20 – Then I answered them, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 21 – ‘Speak to the house of Israel,”Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I will profane My sanctuary, your arrogant boast, the desire of your eyes, the delight of your soul; and your sons and daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword.
Ezekiel was not allowed to mourn for his dead wife and neither were the exiles to mourn over Jerusalem’s destruction. After all the warning’s and illustrations, these people still didn’t understand that their city was being punished, by God, for their many sins.
Verse 22 – ‘And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips nor eat man’s bread of sorrow.
Verse 23 – ‘Your turbans shall be on your heads and your sandals on your feet; you shall neither mourn nor weep, but you shall pine away in your iniquities and mourn with one another.
Verse 24 – ‘Thus Ezekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do; and when this comes, you shall know that I am the Lord God.’ ”
Sometimes our hardships come because of our own makings; sometimes they come because of those around us and their actions. But when a nation is punished because it chooses to ignore the standards and principles of God All Mighty, it is just punishment. God is a just God and had sent warning after warning, but the people chose to rebel.
Verse 25 – ‘And you, son of man, will it not be in the day when I take from them their stronghold, their joy and their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that on which they set their minds, their sons and their daughters:
Verse 26 – ‘on that day one who escapes will come to you to let you hear it with your ears;
Verse 27 – ‘on that day your mouth will be opened to him who has escaped; you shall speak and no longer be mute. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they shall know that I amt he Lord.’ ”
For some time, Ezekiel was only allowed to speak when God gave him a message for the people. This restriction would soon end when Jerusalem was destroyed and all Ezekiel’s prophecies about Judah and Jerusalem had come true.
The biggest destruction that has taken place in our nation, at one time, was on 9/11/01. Some escaped, a huge number of people didn’t. Our nations leaders seemed to be united, for a small time. However, before long they were back to back-biting and conducting business as usual. Just something to think about.