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Ezekiel 24

Eze 24:1

THE NINTH YEAR: Cp date also, Zec 8:19. The time of the siege: cp also 2Ki 25:1; Jer 39:1; 52:4.

Eze 24:13

BECAUSE I TRIED TO CLEANSE YOU BUT YOU WOULD NOT BE CLEANSED FROM YOUR IMPURITY, YOU WILL NOT BE CLEAN AGAIN UNTIL MY WRATH AGAINST YOU HAS SUBSIDED: What a lesson. We must never ignore God's willingness to purge us and make us righteous. It is our choice. Let us make the right one: Isa 5:4-6, 2Co 7:1; Mat 23:37,38. By the time we reach the state of Rev 22:11, it will be too late.

Eze 24:16

The untimely death of Ezekiel's wife marks the tragedy of the destruction of the temple. Israel had a desire to the temple like Ezekiel had for his wife -- though it is clear that Israel did not have a love for the temple. It was just a symbol to them.

The fact that Ezekiel was forbidden to mourn demonstrated to Israel that Yahweh was not mourning for the destruction of the temple and the taking captive of His people (v 21). Such was their depravity that the "throne of the Lord" was no longer as important to Him as the reproof of His people.

Eze 24:18

Vv 18,19: "Ezekiel's wife died. His heart was bleeding; but he received orders from his divine Master that he should not mourn, nor weep, nor make any sign of mourning whatever. It was a strange command, but he obeyed it. The people understood that Ezekiel was a prophet to them in all that he did; his actions did not concern himself alone. He was a teacher, not only by his words, but by his acts; so the people gathered round him, and said to him, 'What is the meaning of this? It has some bearing upon our conduct; tell us what it has to do with us.' He soon explained to them that, before long, they also would lose by sword, and pestilence, and famine, the dearest that they had, and they would not be able to have any mourning for the dead. They would be themselves in such a state of distress that the dead would die unlamented, the living having enough to do to mourn over their own personal sorrows. It was a terrible lesson, and it was terribly taught" (CHS).

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