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When God Goes Away (Ez 10-11)

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Rev. Christopher Chelpka

In these chapters, eight nine ten andeleven hold together as a block, and so splitting these into two last time a Zekiel was taken up in avision. I remember he's in exile and he was taken up in a vision and to go on atour of the temple. But this is not one of your friendly tourist kind of tours.This was a tour of sin of abomination. He was going to see the place where Godhad set his name place where people were desecrating a place that God's ownpeople is his rulers, his priests, a people who had been called to serve himinstead set up abominations, idols, worshipping, false gods, even turningtheir backs to the Lord to worship, the sun and other creatures. The judgment for these things was pictured in the visions that hereceived and that vision continues now in chapters ten and ten and eleven- and here we return or not, we return, but the scripturereturns to us that picture of the Lord seeded andruling on His throne that we read at the beginning of his ekel. So let's Care God's word now an I ekill.Ten and eleven, then I looked and behold on the expansethat was over the heads of the Cherubim. There was above them something like aSapphire in appearance like a throne, and he said to the man clothed in linen:Go in among the whirling wheels, underneath the Charu em fill your handswith burning coals from between the Cherubim and scatter them over the city, and he went in before my eyes. Now theCherubim were standing on the south side of the house when the man went in and a cloud filled, the inner court andthe glory of the Lord went up from the Cherubim Cherub to the threshold of theHouse, and the house was filled with the cloud and the court was filled withthe brightness of the glory of the Lord and the sound of the wings of theCherubim Wares heard. As far as the outer court, like the Voice of GodAlmighty when he speaks and when he commanded the man clothedand when he commanded the man clothed in linen, take fire from between thewhirling wheels from between the Cherubim. He went in and stood beside awheel and a Cherub stretched out his handfrom between the Cherubim to the fire that was between the Terabil and tooksome of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed in, went in linen whotook it and went out. The Cherubim appeared to have the form of a humanhand under their wings,...

...and I looked and behold there were fourwheels beside the Cherubim one beside each Cherub and the appearance of thewheels was like sparkling barrel and as for the appearance, the for all thefour had the same likeness as if a wheel were in a with a wheel werewithin a wheel when they went, they went in any of their four directionswithout turning as they went and whatever direction the front wheelfaced. The others followed without turning as they went and their wholebody, their rims and their spokes and their rank wings and the wheels werefull of eyes all around the wheels that the four of them had. As for the wheelsthey were called. In. My her hearing, the whirling wheels and every one had four faces. The firstface was light, was the face of a Cherub and the second face was a humanface and a third face of a lion and the fourth the face of an eagle and the chair. Ub Beam and the Cherubinmounted up. These were the living creatures that I saw by the Kebar Canal,and when the chair beam went the wheels went beside them and when their turbinelifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the wheels did not turn frombeside them when they stood still, they stood still and when they mounted up.These mounted up for the spirit of the living creatures was in them for the glory of the Lord, went outfrom the threshold of the House and stood over the Cherubim and the Charbamlifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth before my eyes as theywent out and the wheels beside them and they stood at the entrance of the EastGate of the House of the Lord and the glory of the God of Israel was overthem. These were the living creatures that Isaw underneath the god of Israel by the Kabar Canal, and I knew that they wereCheruping. Each had four faces and each had four wings and under their wingslike the likeness of human hands and as for the likeness of their faces, theywere the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the Kabar canal. Each oneof them went straight forward. The spirit lifted me up and brought meto the East Gate of the House of the Lord, which was which faces east andbehold at the entrance of the gateway. There were twenty five men and I sawamong them Jaazaniah the son of Azur and Palatia, the son of Benoni, ahprinces of the people, and he said to me, son of man. These are the wickedwho devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city who say, the timeis not near to build houses. This city is the cauldron and we are the meat,therefore prophesy against them. Prophecie son of man and the spirit ofthe Lord fell upon me, and he said to me, say thus says the Lord. So youthink o House of Israel, for I know the things that come into your mind. Youhave multiplied your slain in this city...

...and it filled its streets with theslain. Therefore, thus has the Lord God, your slain, whom you have laid in themidst of it. They are. The meat in this city is the caldron, but you shall bebrought out of the midst of it. You have feared the sword and I willbring the sword upon you bring the sword upon. You declares the Lord Godand I will bring you out of the midst of it and give you into the hands offoreigners and execute judgments upon you. You shall fall by the sword. Iwill judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the Lord.This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the Mite meet in themidst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall knowthat I am the Lord for you've. You not walked in my statutes nor obeyed myrules, but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are aroundyou and it came to pass. While I wasprophesying that Pelatiah the son of men and I a died, then I fell down onmy face and I cried out with a loud voice and said. Ah, Lord God, will youmake a full end of the remnant of Israel? And the word of the Lord came to me, son of man, your brothers, even yourbrothers, your kinsman, the whole house of Israel. All of them are those ofwhom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said go far from the Lord to us. Thisland is given for a possession, therefore say. Thus, as the Lord God,though, I removed them far off among the nations and though I scattered themamong the countries. Yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in thecountries where they have gone. Therefore say thus says the Lord God. Iwill gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries whereyou have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel and whenthey come there, they will remove from it all the detestable things and allits abominations, and I will give them one heart and a new spirit. I will putit within them. I will move the heart of stone from their flesh and give thema heart of flesh that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obeythem, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, but as for thosewhose heart goes, God goes after their detestable things and theirabominations. I will bring their deeds upon their own heads declares the LordGod. Then the Cherubim lifted up their wingswith the wheels beside them in the glory of the God of Israel, was overthem and the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood onthe mountain, that is on the east side of the city and the spirit lifted. MenMe up and brought me in the vision, by the spirit of God, into Caldi to theexiles. Then the vision with that I had seen went up from me and I told theexiles all the things that the Lord had shown me. My God bless be reading of his word...

...so here, as God has revealed it to Israel. He giveswe have the completion of this vision. Remember Israel. ISIKI is part of thosepeople that have already left Jerusalem. Then exile has already begun, but thereare people that are still there. People still in the cities, people still inthe temple and his EGEL was taken up in a vision to glow and to see the thingsthat are there. He gets to see in a way. What's going on behind the scenes inaccording to according to God's, will one commentator in Dugood? He comparesit to the wizard of Oz, but in a backwards way he says that in I, thewizard of Az, a Dorothy and her friends at the end of the movie ever end of thebook, they was revealed what is actually going behind the scenes andit's a disappointing thing. We find out that nothing is going beyond beyond thescenes, the great wizard of Lazes, nothing more than a man. It's the opposite kind of thing here. AVision is given the screen between a God's plan and what is happening in theworld is lifted and his ekil gets to see what's going on in the heavenlyplaces, what God is doing behind the scenes and he's not just a man behindthe curtain. He is the Almighty, Lord God, ruling sovereign over everything he rules powerfully, and he and thatrule is expressed in these creatures, and these wheels to remind you of some of the thingsthat we consider at the beginning of Hezekiel and that are repeated here. Wehave essentially, what is a chariot pictured here, a chariot with which thewheels which spin around these whirling wheels are tied to these creatures.These Cherubim, that's plural, for Cherub and as they're tied together,God is ruling and and moving upon this host of heaven his war chariot is made up of thesecreatures who go to war for him who executes his will here is ekill. Seize the chariot of theLord. A chariot of the Lord is not is notonly described by these in terms of these awesome creatures on which theLord has seded, but it's also described as as a chariotthat can go anywhere in any direction, unlike even any human vehicle which islimited in some way. How far I can go,...

...how fast it can go, what directions itcan go. God's chariot can move any way at onceup down, left right back forth, north South East West. They simply go where God directs. We see, as God comes in judgment, thathe's not bound in any way the idols of the world are the idols ofour imagination, they're always bound to this, or that thing, the god of thetrees and the God of the stones and the God of the rivers, not the God who is truly gone. Not only is he god who is able to moveanywhere, he likes be anywhere, he likes, and indeed is everywhere at once. He also sees everything at the sametime, and this is pictured in those eyes that are all covering on thesewheels and in the many faces of the Cherub. He sees everything and that's been part of the problem inIsrael. Is that people think he doesn't see. I can do what I want because Goddoesn't see. I can worship these false things in secret because God doesn'tsee, I can kill this man. I can take his vineyard. I can do what I wantbecause God doesn't see, but God does see he always always sees and as he sees and as he pictures allthat has happened. Zak sees that God is not going toremain still any longer. He is going to move forward in judgment. What is going to happen is go. He isgoing to cast out of Israel as he has already begun to do the people and Jerusalem itself the temple itself,the place where he has put his name the place where he ascend to dwell would be ruined, destroy it. You remember when the First Temple wasbuilt when the temple was first built, solem and prayed, and he said Lord, you are not bound in anythingmade by human hands, and yet you have placed your name here and the GloryCloud of the Lord descended down on the Temple and dwelled there like Moses, who went up into the cloudof God's glory on Mount Sinai. The priests would go into the cloud ofGod's glory in the Most Holy Place, hers a place which was filled with hismystery and his Awesomeness, and His Majesty was the place of which Jonahcried out to, as he was sinking down into the depths. O Lord and I'd see hertemple again I'll pay, my vows I'll go to the temple I'll, be there. This is exactly what Solomon he saidwhen Pere people are...

...lost and your people have gone astray,may they may they look to the temple and prepare I pray and repent, and mayyou shall favour on them? What is happening in this moment? The Lord is leaving the temple we read in, I ecil ten. First, the thespirit that is in the the inner court, or that is in that holy place, beginsto move out of the temple it moves out to the threshold of thehouse. We read and verse, for he moves out to the fresh hold of theHouse and then and as that happens, we read in verse five that the sound ofthe wings of the Cherubim were heard as far as the outer court. He is commanded, then the judgmentbegins. He commands the man in linen who had previously remember. In thelast section, he had gone through the city and put names on the had put namesdown of those whom were repentant on those who were notnow the same. One is called to take fire from the whirling wheels. Thesewheels of judgment, this great fiery chariot, and he is doing to cast it onthe city. How was Sodom and Gomorah smote smitten destroyed? This is how, in the judgment and the wrath of theLord, he rained his fire down on these awful places, places that were knownfor their sexual immorality, places that were known for seeking, afterfalse gods, places that were known for total disregard of Hospitality andjustice in every which way. Now that was happening on his very owntemple. Imagine your own house being so upset with it that you would just destroy it down tothe ground the place where you live, the placewhere you meet people the place where you invite people in your home andwhere there is family and love, but not any more, where things havegotten so bad that you are leaving and now destroying the whole thing, and that's just a human example. Thisis happening with the temple of the away, and this is to the ruin of all of thosewho had in the temple been using the temple as kind of a good luck charm.What could God do as long as we're here? We're fine we're protected? We got thetemple, we're good. We've got Jerusalem, we're good, and that seems to be what they'resaying here in this. At least it sounds odd to me this this metaphor of the cauldron andthe meat whatever how it's a little bitdifficult to understand what's going on there, but whatever is going on there.It's very clear that the leaders in...

Jerusalem. Think of this is a positivething. Were the me in the cauldron and that'sgood. There is one possible reason. I thinkthat helps make sense of that. Perhaps what they're saying and what they'rethinking is that the good meat is kept in pot and the bad meat is cast out andthat's sort of the image that they're using there and so they're saying we're.Okay, we're the good meat right we're in the caldron, so we know we're goodwe're by the temple. We know we were good and we're safe. We're not like theexiles that were cast out of this place. The exiles that are in Chaldea, theexiles that are unprotected unloved uncared for we're by the temple weregold. Now, let's go worship our false images in the temple right. This tends to this seems to beof theirs perspective and God hears them saying this is he tells his Zekel?He says, go look see what they're doing and that's what they're doing there atthe threshold of the House, and it is there that the Lord thenmoves from the threshold of the house out O on to the chariot and the chariotmounts up and they begin to move. We read inverse, Eighteen and the glory of the Lord went from the threshold of theHouse and stood over the Cherubim. The Lord is sitting down into hischariot, essentially he's moving out of the house and he's sitting down on hischariot of of Judgment and of righteousness and the inverse nineteen.The Cherubim lift up their wings and mounted up from the earth before myeyes as they went out and the wheels beside them and they stood at theentrance of the East Gate of the House of the Lord and the glory of the Lordof God, of the glory of the God of Israel was over them. So he moves fromwith an h in the house to the threshold of the House and N. Now he's at theEast Gate. You see he's he's on his way out he's leaving, and then we read about those who werethere at the threshold of the House and then. Finally, as we come into theend of verse, Eleven tracking the movements of this thechair, being we read in verse, Twenty Two, then the Cherubim lifted up theirwings with the wheels beside them and the glory of the Lord of Israel, God ofIsrael, was over them and the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of thecity. So now he's moving out of the city and stood on the mountain that ison the east side of the city. The Mount of Alis is where he went, andso what we see is the presence of God leaving his people...

...it's at this moment or right before theLord moves. Finally, out of the city to the Mount of Olives, when Palatia in verse thirteen dies, he dies in his equal cries help desperation. Oh Lord God, will you makea full end of the remnant of Israel? You see the perspective he's thinkingof there that people are already in exile. Here are the only people thereleft and now God is leaving and we one of them has just died and he's justtold and that all of these others are going to die with going back to themeat and culturing image, he said, no, you won't be in the meat. You won't bethe meat of the Caldron, but I will cast you out and I will deal with youat the border of Israel. Remember that he emphasizes that this possession,that you think you have this safe place. You think you're in it's. Not that way you will die and you will die out fromaway from your possession out away from the city at the porter of Israel, a Zeke Chris on and desperations likeis there anything left is this: It is this the end of theworld, as we know it, the end of God and of the promises. Has God not been faithful to hispromise to David, his God not been faithful to his promise to Abraham thatall the families and nations on the Earth would be blessed through him? All the glories have predicted in thetemple. All the things that have been hoped for longed for is it all over and then the Lord comes to him andgives him this very encouraging word, and he says, though I have removed her.Sixteen, though I have removed them far from among the nations and though Iscattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for awhile in the countries where they have gone, God's presence is still abiding withthem. Even though they're not in Jerusalem,that's really good news for people who worship in Tucson Arizona we don't have to we don't. We are nottied to this place, the God's presence, as he has promised,to abide with us anywhere and everywhere. We have sort of this movement going on.On the one hand, those who have been unfaithful are being cast out of Israel,and but God promises that as he goes out, he promises to be with those whobelong to him, and he says I will gather in verse seventeen you fromamong the peoples and assemble you out of the countries. Where have you beenscattered, and I will give you the land of Israel and this time it's going tobe different this time he says I will...

...remove from it, they will remove fromit. The people will remove from it all the detestable things and all theABOMINATIONS, and instead of war and bloodshed, and all that was going on,they will have one heart and a new spirit I will put within them. I willremove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of fleshthat they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them, and I andthey shall be my people and I will be fair God. It's not the end easy hill. It's notthe end from all of this scattering from all of this exile. From all ofthis judgment, I will keep a remnant, and I will draw them back into me andwhen I do, I will establish a place and a kingdom that is not like it wasbefore and won't have all of this idolatrybecause e they will have new hearts. Instead of fighting against me, theywill. They will love me and be united with one another. There will be abringing back in, and this is the message we we end in chapter eleventhat he tells the exiles. Can you imagine how encouraging that would be to know that here you are and Kaldia anexile away from the people, knowing that judgment is about to come onJerusalem and hear that God is going to draw in the people that have been castout, what good news- and indeed God did do this after some time in Babylon, after different trials and all kinds ofstruggles and living there for some time, God did raise up a people and aking to bring back the land and a new temple was built, but the prophecy that's fulfilled herewasn't entirely fulfilled for one the spirit of the glory of God.Never came down on that new temple like it did in the old days. Indeed, there are people when the newtemples built who were crying saying this isn't like it was hunt. We also know that by the time aJesus- a came things weren't all awesome. In fact they were terrible. Jesus goesinto the temple and finds a den of robbers. He finds that the temple hasbeen made an awful place again, then, in Matthew, chapter, twenty three, after seven woes to the scribes into thePharisees, similar kinds of condemnations that come down on theleaders of Israel, much as it did in...

...his ekil Jesus concludes that chapter by sayingthis: Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills profits and stones,those who are sent to it. How often would I have gathered yourchildren together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing see your house is left to you desolate,for I tell you, you will not see me again until you say bless it is he whocomes in the name of the Lord Jesus left the temple and was goingaway, but his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. Their point look at this look at thisof the different parts of the temple, but he answered them. You see all these.Do you not? Truly, I say to you: There will not be left here, one stone uponanother that will not be thrown down next verse as he sat down on the Mount of Olives.The disciples came to him saying, and so what we see here in this passagein Matthew Chapter Twenty three is the exact same moment- movement of God thatwe have in his Ekel the Lord moving out from the temple declaring itsdestruction up outside of the city to the Mount of olivs. And here we have. This amazing overlapat this moment where there are two temples, but one temple and I'll try toexplain. There are two temples in that. We havethe physical temple, which the disciples were point to look all thesebuildings and this sort of thing, and then we have Jesus who John Describes to us, is the onewho came and dwelt among us who was God with us whom, through whom God made his gloryand His light known and all the earth, that's how their different temples. Butit's the same temple in that it's the old temple, was pointing forward tothis new one in Jesus. As he proclaims yet again,the destruction of the temple will also say in another place, but in three daysI will cause it to rise again what they said. How will you cause thisentire complex and all these stones to be built up again and by the way? Whatare you talking about destroying the temple? But, of course no, what happened? Jesus the Temple of God was hung on a cross and died and all of the wrath andjudgment of God for all the sinful abominations and violence and evil thatwent on Israel and has gone on...

...throughout all of the world was poured out on Jesus. The wrath of God poured out on him onthe Cross and he was destroyed. He died. He was exiled separated from God. Hewas left alone. He became cursed even as the city became cursed, but by the Holy Spirit of God, according to the righteousness that hehad done. The Lord raised him up, causing the new temple to stand andstand for ever and now the Lord says the Bible says that he isgathering living stones and building up the Temple of God. With the people ofGod upon Jesus Christ as the corner stone, a temple in which the glory ofthe Lord dwells the spirit of God dwells and will dwell for ever for ever think about it. This way is the spiritof God going to leave the resurrected son of God. No, it's impossible not only because of Jesus's divinityand the spirit and the son and the father are perfectly on forever, butalso in Jesus's humanity. Jesus accomplished everything that Nan hadalways failed to do. He kept the covenant for us and he kept itperfectly so that there would be no more condemnation, and so now Jesus is the Christ, theanointed one, the spirit anointed one who would stand for ever in thepresence of God and with us in the presence of God through him in PerfectUnion and that new heart there was promisedin his Zeki it's ours. It's yours when you put your trust inJesus Christ, because that new heart is his heart, it's the spirit of God, changing UScausing us to be reborn as Jesus describes in and John Three, and so what we see in when I'm pointingyou to his here is this presence of the Lord thisbite of the Lord, though helifts up and he leaves to go forth in the world in judgment. Ultimately, he will fulfill thepromises that he makes to his ecil the promises he made in the formercovenants and he brings all of these to come to pass in Jesus Christ and that's why, when we want to beclose with God when we want presents with God when we want him to abide withus, we sang this earlier right. Abide with me,...

...swift to clothe swift to its close ebbsout life's little day, Earth joys grow, dim its glorious path, away, pass away,change and decay, and all around I see, O God, Thou changest not abide with me.I need thy presence every passing hour. What, by THY grace can foil thetempter's power who like thyself my guide and stake can be through cloudand Sun Sunshine. Lord abide with me and how will the Lord abide with us? Hedoes so through Jesus Christ, when we simply trust him and rest inhim and the grace that he has provided for us. If you want to know the LordGod, this awesome, God who rides on this almost indescribable chariot, if itwere not for the descriptions that God gives himself here, if you want to not be at war with him, who will slay easily instantly, as hedid with this one man here Peloti. But instead, if you want peace with himin which his love is set upon, you for ever then trust the one he has giventrust the Saviour Jesus Christ, who is our anointed saviour and who gives hislife for ours. Let's pray.

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