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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for Dec. 27, 2012 / December 26, 2012

In the previous chapter, God made His opinion of idolatry among His people abundantly clear, and that He will not put up with it from His children. Being on the wrong side of God is not where you want to be. If you want to be blessed and have peace of mind no matter what the world offers, you must put your trust in God and in Him alone. After all, He is the only One who can provide peace and tranquility in your life even in the midst of tribulations, so why look for any other person or thing to do that for you? Without Him in your life, you will just be spinning your wheels and going nowhere fast. Anything of the world’s goods that you have to give up is more than compensated for when you please our Father and let Him have control of your life and provide His blessings. Nobody is perfect - we all fall short of what we should be, but God knows and understands our humanity. After all, He created our very souls, so He knows us better than even we know ourselves. He tells us in His Word, if we turn our backs on sin; if we truly repent, and sincerely try to do better, He will have mercy on us, and “He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). One of the great blessings of Christianity is forgiveness upon repentance of sins.

This chapter is a parable, and we know that God used parables, as did Jesus, many times in teaching us His Word. This is the parable of the Babylonian War, and it will go all the way through this chapter as well as through chapter 32. Then, when we get to chapters 38 and 39, we will hear a direct prophecy concerning the final battle on earth. In the Old Testament, Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, but in the end times, it will be Satan himself, in the role of the antichrist that Scripture is referring to as the ‘king of Babylon’.

Ezek. 24:1 “Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me saying,” This tells us that it was in the ninth year of the captivity of King Jehoiachin. He was king for only three months.

Ezek. 24:2 “Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day:” (‘You mark this day, Ezekiel’) “the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.” There will be a time when the king of Babylon, Satan, sets himself against God’s children. We are not given the year, the month or the day that it will happen.

God has determined that we do not need to know the exact time, because He wants us to be watchmen; (Mark 13: 35-37), watching for prophetic signs He has given us, so we can know the time is approaching, and be ready for it. But, we are told that it will happen, that Satan will be cast down to earth to begin his assault on the souls of men (Revelation 12:9).

Another great blessing of Christianity is that we don’t have to fear Satan; in fact Father has given us power over all our enemies in the name of Jesus, (Luke 10:19), and Satan is public enemy #1.

Ezek. 24:3 “And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:” Remember, back in chapter 11 we read about a caldron, which is a pot. This reads: “Put a pot on the fire and put water in it.” This is beginning a parable teaching them to live clean lives, and to get ready for the battle that’s coming, or as we would say today, ‘clean up your act’. Remember also, that it’s a spiritual battle, not a flesh and blood battle.

Ezek. 24:4 “Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder: fill it with the choice bones.”

This is an analogy about sheep.

When a sheep was sacrificed, the choice pieces of the meat would normally go to the priests. Sheep are symbolic of God’s children, and this is teaching through symbolism of what it will take to cleanse His people.

Ezek. 24:5 “Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones” (this is a mistranslation from the original writings, and should read ‘pile up the wood’) “under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.” God is instructing Ezekiel to “build a hot fire under the pot, put the choice pieces in and let it continue to cook’.

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