Ezekiel 26:3 Those Capable of the Greatest Hurt

Ezekiel 26:3 (KJV)
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

Tyrus, or Tyre, as she is also called, is a lesson in tragedy. Tyrus was a wealthy and influential city in her day. There was a friendship between her and King David that extended to Solomon. They were involved in building the temple, providing lumber, laborers, and lading in ships for the work. But though she was “friendly” toward David and Solomon, she was not a friend of God. Tyrus was well known as a place of idolatry and wicked activity, as is true in many port cities. One of Solomon’s wives was from there and influenced him in sin.[1] Eventually, the friendship withered, as it must between people dedicated to the Lord and those who are not. After Jerusalem fell to Babylon, Tyrus saw it as an opportunity to benefit from the ruins. Though Tyrus did not aid in the destruction, she did not render help and rejoiced in the fall. God saw it and promised judgment against her.

God uses Tyrus as a parallel of Satan. In chapter 28:12-19 the King of Tyrus is used as a metaphor for Satan. Mind you, the analogy is of the king of Tyrus, but the description of Satan is literal and actual. Satan began as Lucifer, next to the throne of God. He was “wealthy” in the sense that he was decked with beauty and precious stones. He was talented and influential in the realm of the angels. But he turned. In pride, he lifted himself. He wanted more than God had provided, and, in His pride, he fell.

This same pattern may be seen in Judas Iscariot. Chosen by the Lord as one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, his potential influence in the gospel was enormous. Having walked with Christ, witnessed His miracles, and heard His messages, Judas Iscariot was poised to be foundational to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Serving as the “treasurer” of the Lord’s early church, Judas held the money. His relationship with the Lord was so close that he knew where Jesus would be that night the soldiers came for Him. Judas identified Christ to them with a kiss. But he, like Lucifer and like Tyrus, fell

There is a twisted situation that happens among men of corrupt nature that, often, those who seem nearest to God are those capable of doing the greatest hurt to the cause of Christ. Yea, it is possible to destroy a work for the Lord and, at the same time, believe you are in the middle of God’s will – doing God service.

John 16:2 (KJV)
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

1 Corinthians 10:12 (KJV)
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.


[1] 1 Kings 11:1-3 (KJV)
But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

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Ezekiel 23:4 We Ought to Know Better

Ezekiel 23:4 (KJV)
And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Though sometimes parables and prophecies are difficult to interpret, this one is plain enough. The capitals of the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom were Samaria and Jerusalem.

  • God said that they were sisters
  • God said they had the same mother, origin
  • God said that they were both His

We’d like to claim that those who depart from us, proving that they were not of us, are neither of God. It would be untrue.

This does not mean that they are right to depart. Samaria, and the Israel she represented, was wrong. Wrong in leaving the royal family from which Jesus would come. Wrong in creating their own place and system of worship. Wrong in the leaders they had. They were wrong in the alliances they made.

Neither does it mean they would not be judged. God chastens His own. They were wrong, but they were His.

I think we should be more concerned with Jerusalem. Though she remained faithful to the seed God promised would bring forth the Saviour, it’s evident that their flesh was the same, and God says, worse than their sister.

The truth is that we can stay where we are supposed to b,e but remove our hearts farther from God than the others. It’s worse because we ought to know better.

Rather than judging the departed, we need to guard our hearts to maintain a right walk with the Lord.

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Ezekiel 20:4 This Is Not The Believer’s Function

Ezekiel 20:4 (KJV)
Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:

The elders had come to enquire of the Lord before Ezekiel. God’s first word was that He would not be enquired of them. Then God turned his attention to Ezekiel and cautioned him not to judge them. That was not his function or place.

  • God had already made a judgment against the elders of Israel
  • Ezekiel was not to judge the elders of Israel

But then Ezekiel was to preach and declare the word of God, including His judgment.

Our world has forever been twisted on this matter, and I do not believe it will get any better. Those walking away from God’s will never appreciate hearing that this is what they are doing. Whether they receive and whether they get angry is not the point. It is the preacher’s duty to tell them.

It is not the preacher’s duty to judge them.

I read that John Quincy Adams’ in his lifelong battle against slavery, once said, “the duty is ours, the results are God’s.”

That applies in a great many fields of life.

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Ezekiel 9:10 God’s Love Will Not Spare

Ezekiel 9:10 (KJV)
And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

This chapter and those surrounding it are, I believe, clearly Tribulational. It’s Daniel’s seventieth week. In the final seven years of earth as we now know it, God will turn His attention once again to the Jews.

In His full measure of love, God will not content Himself until Israel is saved. Mind you, this is speaking nationally. Just as any individual Jew may be saved today, any individual Jew may be lost in the day foretold, and it appears many will.

  • It is God’s love for them that will not forget them
  • It is God’s love for them that brings upon them His recompense
  • It is God’s love for them that will not spare

The prophet prayed for the eye of God to show mercy. I am thankful that God’s mercies are new every morning. But I also know that men can be so merciful that we would never correct. This can lead to those we love being trapped in a cycle of self destruction. Correction is a merciful act.

You will find mercy in the chapter. There is the one with the ink horn. He’s on a mission from heaven to mark all those who sigh over the sins in Jerusalem. God does mark and call out a people. They are those who, in a broken and contrite heart, have been crying out to Him.

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Ezekiel 3:26-27 Little to Say

Ezekiel 3:26-27 (KJV)
And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.
But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.

The context of the passage is all about speaking. God told the preacher he was set as a watchman and that he was speaking to people whose language was the same as his own. God said to him that if he warned the wicked man and he ignored, his blood would be on his own hands, but if the wicked one repented, praise the Lord. God said he would preach to righteous people too. When the righteous take courage and sin not, praise the Lord. Even righteous people must be warned not to sin.

But then this.

Amongst all this speaking, God told the preacher that He would shut his mouth and not allow him to speak. Then God said he would open his mouth and give him the words to say.

God’s preacher is not necessarily someone with the gift of gab. He may very well be the one who has little to say until he says what God has to say.

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Ezekiel 47:9 Where Life Is

Ezekiel 47:9 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

There is no question in my mind that this passage has to do with a future Temple, either in the Millennial Kingdom or else the eternal one. (I think both are referenced at different points.) I am interested in the healing effects of the waters. Everything, “whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live.”

Everything:

  • Trees
  • Fruit
  • Fishes
  • Fishermen

The point is that this water springs from the Temple. Life comes from the touch of God. Just as the trees find life in the waters of a nearby river and fishes find life in the fresh flowing waters into their habitat so in eternity all life finds its life flowing from God. 

The same is a truth today. Life, real life, abundant life springs from God and springs from Him as He is found in His house. Those who dwell in the house of God can become like an ever-growing river, bringing life wherever they are found. Those whose relationship with God is outside His house tend to drain life rather than refreshing it from those they touch. 

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Ezekiel 41:6 Two Coins, Same Pocket

Ezekiel 41:6 (KJV)
And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.

Any number of commentators admit the Ezekiel chapters 40-48 are the most difficult of the Bible. We find here Ezekiel’s description of the prophetic temple. This was meant to encourage those captive Jews of God’s grand intentions for them. They need not fear God had forsaken them. He had plans bigger than anything they had before known. These were, of course, not fulfilled in the second temple or even in Herod’s temple. This is a vision of eternity. 

I am intrigued by the phrase, “that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.” These were walls that held on to something other than the temple walls. They run parallel to the temple walls, but they are not connected to them. 

God has another work that is related to the work He does with the Jews. It runs alongside His plans for the Jews, but it is not the same as His plans for the Jews. Israel and the church are not two sides of the same coin. Israel and the church are two coins in God’s same pocket. They are related. They are in some ways similar. But one does not replace the other. 

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Ezekiel 37:28 Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:28 (KJV)
And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

The prophecy of Ezekiel 37, “The valley of dry bones” did not find its fulfillment in 1948. At best that event is a simple earnest of what God has promised. In order for it to be fulfilled, Israel must:

  • Unite as one nation
  • Submit to David as their one king
  • Follow one shepherd and 
  • Observe and do God’s commandments

I think the valley of dry bones is a more fitting prophecy of the Tribulation Period, when God will once again, for seven years, take up his work in the Jews. They will gather, have a national identity become the focus of the world, endure death and hardship, but come out of it under one head in the Millennial Kingdom. 

It will be then that heretical heathen groups, such as the Andersonites, will know that God has sanctified Israel.

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Ezekiel 35:6 Choose Wisely

Ezekiel 35:6 (KJV)
Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.

Mt. Seir, the place and the people this verse addresses, is the area of Edom. King Herod, who was on the throne when Jesus was born and who ordered the death of the children in Bethlehem, was an Edomite. The meaning of the verse is simple; “Since you did not hesitate to shed blood, bloodshed will chase you, hound you, dog you to the ground.”

I think a companion verse, and an explanatory one, would be, Romans 12:19 (KJV) 
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 

  • An eye for an eye 
  • A tooth for a tooth
  • Blood for blood

The one who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. 

On the other hand, 

  • Mercy begets mercy
  • Charity begets charity and 
  • Love begets love 

The one you choose to live by is the one you may expect to die by. 

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Ezekiel 33:11 Turn Ye, Turn Ye

Ezekiel 33:11 (KJV)
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

The Jews, under conviction through the preaching, ask the question, “If we pine away in our transgressions, how shall we then live?” 

  • What do we do to change the course? 
  • What do we do to stop the death?

God’s answer was just this simple, “Turn ye, Turn ye from your evil ways.”

I think this has got to be the message of every blood bought child of God today. We must call out to people, “Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways.” 

Before, of course, they will hear with sincerity and earnestly turn from their evil ways, they’ll need to accept that they are pining away in their transgressions. Faithful preaching will contribute to this. But it will be the working of the Lord that convinces them they are indeed pining away. 

Working just as we see Him doing in our world today.

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