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Ezekiel Goes Through the Wall

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Ezekiel 12:1-20

Is He kill twelve versus one through twenty? The word of the Lord came to me, son ofman. You dwell in the midst of a rebellious house who have eyes to see but see not whohave ears to hear but hear not, for they are a rebellious house. As for you,son of man prepare for yourself an exile's baggage and go into exile byday. In their sight, you shall go like an exile from your place to anotherplace in their sight. Perhaps they will understand, though they are arebellious house. You shall bring out your baggage by day in their side asbaggage for exile, and you shall go out yourself at evening in their sight asthose do who must go into exile in their sight, dig through the walland bring your baggage out through it in their sight, you shall lift thebaggage upon your shoulder and carry it out at dusk. You shall cover your facethat you may not see the land, for I have made you a sign for the House ofIsrael, and I did as I was commanded. I brought out my baggage by day asbaggage for exile and in the evening I dug through the wall with my own hands.I brought out my baggage at dusk, carrying it on my shoulder in theirsight. In the morning. The word of the Lordcame to me. Son Of man has not the House of Israel. The rebellious housesaid to you. What are you doing say to them thus says the Lord Yawa.This oracle concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israelwho are in it say I am a sign for you as I have done so, shall it be done tothem. They shall go into exile into captivity and the Prince, who is amongthem, shall lift his baggage upon his shoulder at dusk and shall go out. Theyshall dig through the wall to bring him out through it. He shall cover his facethat he may not see the land with his...

...eyes, and I will spread my net over himand he shall be taken in my snare and I will bring him to Babylon the land ofthe Chaldeans. Yet he shall not see it and he shall die there and I willscatter toward every wind all who are around him. His helpers and all histroops, and I will enshaded the sword after them, and they shall know that. Iam Yawa when I dispersed them among the nations and scatter them among thecountries. But I will let a few of them escape the sword from FemininePestilence that they may declare all their abominations among the nationswhere they go and may know that I am away, and the word of Yawa came to me. Son ofman eat your bread with quaking and drink your water, with trembling andand with anxiety and say to the people of the land. Thus, as the Lord Yawaconcerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the land of Israel, they shall eattheir bread with anxiety and drink water and dismay in this way. Her landwill be stripped of all it contains on account of the violence of all whodwell in it, and the inhabited city shall be laid waste and the land shallbecome a desolation, and you shall know that I am y'a sends the reading of God's Word Maybless it to us. Please be seated so ninety seven that we just read andsang speaks about the idols of the world speaks about those who boast inworthless idols, and it says that all these worshippersof images are put to shame...

...the things in which they trust and thedemons we would say from the scriptures that are behind these idols are nothing they are treated as gods, but gods.They are not worship him all you gods we could putin quotes. Perhaps there is a similar way to what the Lord does when he bringshis people out of Egypt on the Egyptians Pharaoh this great king overthese people worship these false gods, many of them a pantheon of them and thepeople of Israel in some ways had come to had succumbed to that, had wonderedwhat had happened to the promises and they cried out to God, but in some waysone of many gods, but God a made himself known much as he does here inthe judgment of his own people. He Meets Moses in the Wilderness andMoses. She says who shall I tell who? Shall I tell Pharaoh that you are?What name Shall I give him? which God are you and he gives him this nameYawin? He says I am that I am he says in this name. He is theCovenant Keeper over Israel that he is the one who is and always will be, thathe is the one who will crush every other supposed power and crushthem. He does one after another in Egypt, he bringsto desolation all of their hopes and all their gods ending with darkness, ending and and death, as the angel of the Lord passes overall all of the people and animals of...

Egypt losing the first born of eachhousehold, including Pharaoh's own home raw, the Great Sun, God was not able to save him. Rah was powerless, useless darkened byGod, the One True God himself Yawa brings his people out, and hebrings them out for a very specific reason so that they may worship him sothat he would establish them in a Holy Land, a holy place in which his namewould dwell. These are the ways that he describes his covenant to his people.These are the ways in which he teaches them about himself and promises himself.In this way, he would establish them in his land and he would dwell with themand they would dwell with him, provided that they did not turn afterthe false gods from which they just came and from which all the Canonite,who were previous that La previously in that land, had just been expelled. Thebales and the Astros and all the rest, not of it no molecs, no dagons, they were all tobe put aside. The land was going to be made wholly by the very presence of theLord and by Sword and Holy War. The land wasmade clean and the people entered and they made a covenant. God made acovenant with him and he said: Keep my law keep in obedience to me. Do not worship thefalse gods, love one another and live in peace, and I will dwell with you.Was We come to a Zekiel? We find that the people of God did notfulfil the covenant that the people of...

God failed miserably, and previously this was many months agofor those of you who have been with us and the previous chapters that welasted quite a while. Back now we read how Zakiel was taken up in a vision ofthe Lord to see the temple. He started at the North Gate and then,as he worked his way into the temple, he saw abomination after abominationafter abomination that the people of Israel, the priests of Israel, had beenbringing in idols into the very temple of God. Can you imagine it, and this iswhat he sees there? Priests and others saying God will not see, God will notcare in the very place in which God dwelled? Can you imagine people coming into yourown home, taking drinks out of the refrigerator cooking, some food settingthings up, you'll sleeping in your bed and you wake up. He say what are youdoing? Oh Wad, I didn't think you'd notice. Well, God does notice, God doessee what is happening and he brings- and he brings this to the attention ofthese people who have eyes but don't see who have ears but don't hear, andhe does he's doing it through this profit Ziku. If we come into is if we come tochapter twelve and his egil, with no understanding of this covenant. Thathas been made. It's a little bit confusing. It's like coming into themiddle of the fight and this person takes a swing and that person takes aswing and you're not really sure what's going on, but in when we hear this background,when we hear what exactly is going in his God, this is a great covenant.Keeper is coming through His Servant toprosecute this covenant. We see now what is happening and he tells us aswell. He has been telling us in...

...previous chapters and he will continueto e Lucita an impress on the people on us. What has gone so wrong. This teaches us that the punishmentsthat are happening here, the snare that he lays for his people. These are notrandom. This is not God, just being me, waking up on the wrong side of the bedlike some kind of Greek God now this is Yar way, being fair, beingjust bringing down the curses of the covenant that they said themselves thatthey would bear the punishments are tied to the Covenant and got at that. Theypromised to keep one of the ways. One of the specificways in which this is happening has to do with blood this scattering to the nations thisthis taking the people out of exile and scattering the melster this was. Thiswas warned because of the blood that polluted the land, not in a physical way, but in aspiritual way. In number thirty, five and Dudar on me, nineteen and Dud Aroni,twenty one. We read that these people were calledto dwell in a holy place in a Holy Land and so to murder, some one to commit this great evil and actagainst love and act against God and, of course, neighbour, and the people ofGod when the old land was all about life was a great sin and that murder had to be atoned for bythe death of the murderer, is Duera, nineteen, nine says lestinnocent or I'm sorry, not due Roman during nineteen. Twenty one. Your eyeshall not pity it shall be life for...

...life eye for eye tooth for tooth handfor hand, foot be foot for foot, there's a principle of fairness. Godwas not going to let a murder just go unpunished, but it was important that that land, sothe bland could not be, should must not be polluted by murderous blood. This was so important that God set upcities of refuge in the land cities which people could flee to if theyaccidentally killed someone. So let's say you you're chopping wood. I thinkthis is one of the examples given in scripture and the AX head flies off the handle strikes ofyour neighbor and he dies. Well, not your your his family, perhaps notknowing all this scenario might go out to avenge his death, I'm to put you todeath for this murder when it wasn't your intention to murder. So what does the scripture say that youdo in that situation? Oh No, it says you run you run as fast as you can to acity of refuge that God had provided throughout the land and in this city ofrefuge. You are supposed to stay there until the priest died of the highpriest died and then you could come and return to your land. The danger, of course, was that nothing would be done about the accidental on killing of the person,but also the danger was that that a murder, another a death wouldoccur and this one a murder on of you, the one who accidentally did this thing,and so I say all this just to say you see the intricate ways in which God wasprotecting the land and he talks about it in this way. So, for example, innumbers, thirty, five, seventeen- the murderer- shall be put to death man'slayers. However, to leave the cities for refuge and wait until the death ofthe high priest and Dutera nineteen...

...nine says, lest innocent blood be shedin your land that the Lord, your God, is giving you for an inheritance, andso the guilt of bloodshed be upon you number thirty, five. Thirty three saysyou shall not pollute the land and no atonement can be made for the land forthe blood that is shed in it, except by the blend of the blood who, except bythe blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which youlive in the midst of which I dwell for I, the Lord Dwell in the midst of thepeople of Israel. So what happens when the land ispolluted? Zeki will later describe this city as acity of blood, I'm here and in other places he talks about therebelliousness of this house. Earlier we've read about how the city is fullof murder. These people are not only committing idolatry, but they arethey're sinning against one another. In these horrible ways, even childsacrifice, innocent blood is being shed everywhere and often in the name ofworshipping false gods. It really doesn't get a whole lot worse than that.So now what the land has soaked with innocent blood. This Holy Land, inwhich God was to dwell in life and enjoy and in peace with his people. Well, the promise back in LizetteLeviticus, twenty six, thirty three and thirty four was this, and I willscatter you among the nations and I will unsheathe the sword after you andyour land shall become a desolation and your cities shall be a waste. Then theland shall enjoy its Sabbath as long as it lies desolate. While you are in yourenemy's land, then the land shall rest and enjoy it Sabbath.

It's like sort of like remember whencane murdered, Abel and the and his blood cried out right for justice, theland here, the ground. This blood is crying out. This innocent blood is crying out forjustice, the land soaked in blood. It needs its rest. Why? Because it's Holy Land. Why is it Holy Land? Because this iswhere the Lord dwells? This teaches us about the Lord andabout the place in which he puts his people as we think about heaven. Heaven willnot be like this when we are ushered into the new heavens and the new earth.When we are resurrected from the dead, we are not going to come into a landwhich is dripping with blood and murder, and idolatry everywhere, with the Lordwill bring us into when he consummates his kingdom is the land of holiness oftrue peace and true rest, where there is righteousness and only righteousnesseverywhere. He talks about the land is a land thatneeds rest. It was not given rest by the people and so get the people out, get them out of there. They were nolonger in a position to enjoy that land to enjoy that place and enjoy thatpeace with God, and so what we saw in chapter eleven is, as Ezekiel goes intothe temple. The Lord leaves the temple. You remember that the the glory of theLord Lifts up out of the temple and exits the building in the city and he goes outside in some ways. Iwonder if this might have been both a scary and terrifying for the thing forthe Israelites, but maybe a reminder to to the exiles and those who were castout, the God. I was present everywhere,...

I'm not just in the land at this time that his egil is ridingremember that Daniel was already in Babylon part of the first captives thatwere let out and there Daniel is facing similar challenges of idolatry andthese sides of things. It's an interesting thing to thinkabout when we think about the psalm that we read earlier, want you to turnwith me there for a moment. This is some SOM. Forty six, the question to think about is we turn back to this song question I'd like youto think about is: could you sing this song, as you arebeing led into exile after the glory of the Lord has left his temple and theBabylonians are coming in to destroy the temple burn it to the ground?Destroy Your City, kill the people and just the whole thing crumbles down. Could at that moment you sing, God isour refuge and o strength of very present help and trouble? Therefore, wewill not fear, though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved intothe heart of the sea, though the waters, roar and foam, though the mountainstremble at its swelling. Could you sing that, as God himselfsays, I lay for you a snare that might be tough, because if God is laying for you asnare, how is he also your refuge and your help? This passage speaks of judgment. God teaches us a teaches them that, andthis as well through this sign of a...

Zeki. What is his Zekiel sign? Zekiel sign is to pack a bag as thoughhe were leaving for exile and to do it in broadly daylight, in the sight ofall the people. That's a phrase that came up a lot right in the sight of allthe people in the side of all the people he used to put on a show not toentertain, but to teach and in broad daylight, he's going to take he's goingto put together this bag, and then, when night comes that not the thedarkness of Judgment and foreboding gloom as night draws down. He is thento dig through the wall with his hands crawl through the wall, and then when the people say, what areyou doing why the bag in the wall and all of thishe tells them. He tells them that this is a sign ofJudgment. It is as a e and do good. One commentators calls it an anti exodusinstead of the people on being brought into out of Egypt and into Jerusalem orinto the Holy Land, they are being brought out of the Holy Land they areleaving and they are to do so with another sign,as he gives, of eating and drinking with trembling and anxiety. He gives this other sign where he eatsand he he he drinks, and he does this with trembling and anxiety for all thatis about to befall the near to look at this profit, and they are to see thesethings he's doing and to see what is coming in this sign in this sign of judgment,as a message filled with the authority of God of what will be done. Prophesy specifically about the Princeof the people, which we later learned is Zedekiah, who will be taken intoexile, says he will go out of this a whole out of exility. He won't be ableto see the land anymore, there's no looking back,...

...there's no way to sort of wish for home.You won't be able to see any more and you will die in the land in which youare being taken, and indeed this prophecy comes true and second kings.Twenty five, seven. We read that Babylon, blinded kings Zedekiah whenthey took him into exile. This is no accident. This is a trap setby the Lord himself, a scattering to the nations to give the land rest is there any hope, though, is there anyway in which one could sing psalm forty, six or other similar songs at thisparticular time? And I want to tell you that there is there is for one reason: We don't have it hereexactly in Zekiel twelve, but it comes later. There will be much more judgmentand signs of judgment that's talked about, but as we come to the end of aZekel, we read that is egil Gay. It sees a vision of something different, a temple with the river of God, flowingfrom it trees of every kind and people whose hearts are changed. God gives to them ears to hear and eyesto see in hearts that are no longer stony God promises to them. By thisprofit later on in the book, he promises them a great hope and even have a taste of it here inEzekiel Chel. When he says I'm not going to put everyone to judgment,there will be a remnant and the nations will see, and they will know, and thesepeople will proclaim the things that they have done. I'm doing these thingsthat you will know that. I am away that I am the one who brought you outof Egypt. I am the one who set down...

...this law and I am the one who willbring my promises to fulfillment in mentioning that. It's right toremember that the reason that they are there is because of prior promises thathave been made promises to Abraham Isaac and Jacob Promises to David that there would be akingdom that would last forever promises that God will fulfill haspromised to fulfil, and it's in light of those promises that these peoplecould sing. God is our refuge and strength. It's the reason that Daniel,even though he is in battle on seeing the country seeing God's kingdom is earthlykingdom here, falling all down can still pray the away and trust him toprotect. Him is the reason that shadrack and Mishacan a bend to go these other exiles in the land of Babylon. After all, of thishas fallen apart can say no, we are not worshipping a false god. Yes, we arewilling to go to our deaths because they knew, God would be theirrefuge in strength, because they knew that he is trustworthy. He'strustworthy to pursue and prosecute his judgment and he's trustworthy to bringabout salvation for all who put their faith and trust in him. Well, if Israelites like Daniel andshadrack and Misha, and a Bendigo and and Eke could perhaps sing a song likethis, surely we can surely we can knowing not only thepromises of old but the promises that Ben have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. These judgments that are pictured hereare judgments that point us to the final judgment that will come, but also a salvation that will come for all who put theirtrust in the Lord. How do we know this?...

We know it from the Old Testament and we know it from the new as well, because in the New Testament there werewords and signs of a profit even greater than Ezekiel amazing, as this man was in fact, thisprofit to come. I'm speaking of Jesus was even greater than Moses, one who spoke with God, face to face, but who did not, however, dwell withGod from the all beginning and before the beginning, and one reason we know that Jesus is aneven greater than profit than his Ekel, that we can put our trust in him and,in God, and fulfilling all these promises is that we in Jesus's prophetic work.He not only tells us of God's Works and plans, but he actually brings about thefulfilment itself think about this. Jesus didn't just actout the raising of the dead to point to the resurrection he actually broughtthe dead to life and rose from the dead Jesus didn't just act out healings toshow the healing of the nations. He actually healed people both inside andoutside of Israel. He didn't just exhibit things about the Kingdom of Godand the coming of Kingdom of God he was the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God and, most importantly on the cross, when our Lord gave his own life forsenselike murder, an idolatry and many others on the cross. He didn't just point tothe judgments of God, pored that would be poured out on his people for theirsins, but he actually endured those judgmentshimself. All of the judgment that we havepictured here in Israel, all of the...

...things in which the book ofLamentations has the people crying out and describing these horrible things,it's that kind of judgment, and we could say for certain much much more. They came upon the Lord and Saviour for the forgiveness of our sins, an actof love so that we would not be judged when he comes again so that, when our sins are are putbefore the The the judgment seat of God, they are sins with forgiven written next to them our names written in the book of life when Jesus died on the Cross. He didn'tjust point to something great that would happen. He actually accomplishedit. Jesus the Prophet, therefore, Jesus theSon of God, made it known in this way that he is hallway. He is the God who brought them out ofEgypt who brought them into the promised land who dwelt in the temple,who protected and made his holy people. He was and always has been and alwayswill be in annual God with us. He came to judge and he came to save. Jesus is the culmination of all thosethings means that there's no other profit to come, no other one to warn noother to proclaim the deeds of God. It means that Jesus is our Ezekiel and we must listen to him and we mustheed his words with ears to hear and eyes to see, and so when he tells us that theKingdom of God is at hand. The judgment is coming. The Salvation is here so repent andbelieve the Gospel. I can only encourage you to repent and to believethe Gospel,...

...because the profit of God, even thevery son of God, has spoken and acted and brought these thingsabout, and so there is no time for delay, Bel of it no time for decidingwhether or not a little more idolatry you can kind of skirt through whether you can hang on to your sins,just a little bit longer and then repent some time later. The time is now and when we trust inhim, we can know that all that he has promised. All that is Egel says, willcome to pass. A will indeed come to pass, weaken, seeing psalm forty sixwith confidence that the Lord is our refuge and our strength, knowing thatall our sins have been forgiven on the cross of Christ. Knowing that we arejustified in him and our heirs of eternal life, let's pray now and ask for God to save us for our sins and to bring uspeace and rest in his holy one. o.

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