From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 8/23:
The Lord tells Ezekiel that his wife, “the desire of your eyes”, is going to die and He tells Ezekiel not to mourn. This is another effort to get the attention of the people in captivity and it is an illustration of the destruction about to come upon the temple, the desire of their eyes. ”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. And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips nor eat man’s bread of sorrow.”
In Jerusalem, the people are still living in rebellion. Jeremiah rebukes them for not releasing their slaves after 7 years as the Lord had commanded them to do back in the wilderness. (Exodus 21:2)
Jeremiah tells King Zedekiah that God is giving Jerusalem into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar but Zedekiah will not die by the sword. ”Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire. And you shall not escape from his hand, but shall surely be taken and delivered into his hand; your eyes shall see the eyes of the king of Babylon, he shall speak with you face to face, and you shall go to Babylon…You shall not die by the sword. You shall die in peace; as in the ceremonies of your fathers, the former kings who were before you.” The Lord is going to let Zedekiah, a descendant of David, die in peace. But, his eyes are going to see something more than just Nebuchadnezzar before they are removed from his head. 😳 That is coming.
Like Isaiah and Jeremiah, Ezekiel proclaims future judgment on Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia. Then the Lord turns His attention to Egypt and says, like Assyria, they will be destroyed bc of their pride. Egypt “shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore.”
Disaster is quickly approaching Jerusalem but the Lord gives the people a word of hope tomorrow. Keep reading.
(Ezekiel 24:15-25:17, Jeremiah 34:1-22, Jeremiah 21:1-14, Ezekiel 29:1-16, Ezekiel 30:20-31:18)