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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for Jan. 3, 2013
SoVaNow.com / January 04, 2013Ezek. 24:6 “Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city,” (this is the city of Jerusalem, and is referring to the future when the king of Babylon is there) “to the pot whose scum is therein,” (this word ‘scum’, in Hebrew is ‘chelah’ and actually means ‘disease’, telling us that God looks at sin as a spiritual disease, like we might have a disease in our flesh body) “and whose scum is not gone out of it!” (they’re still spiritually ill!) “Bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.” This means that the city was to be destroyed; not fall into the hands of conquerors. We know what happened to Jerusalem when Nebuchadnezzar came and took it - God allowed him to destroy it. That’s a type of what is going to happen when Antichrist comes in this generation. God is saying that He wants every one of His people cleansed; getting right with Him, because He’s going to be the one who destroys the city; not Satan—the antichrist. God is in control, and He will be in control during the tribulation of the antichrist and forever.
Ezek. 24:7 “For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;” This is prophesying of the crucifixion. That rock is Golgotha, where the blood of Christ was spilled so if anyone would repent, and believe that He was the Son of God, they would be instantly cleansed; spiritually healed. This covenant is still in effect today.
Ezek. 24:8 “That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.” This is an analogy of when an animal is butchered and other animals smell the blood and get very wild. The blood of the slaughtered animal is covered with dirt or sanitary reasons, and to keep wild animals away from it. But, it was not intended that Christ’s blood be covered; rather, it was to be left uncovered for all to see because it is His blood that will pass sentence at the judgment.
Ezek. 24:9 “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; ‘Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile (pile of wood; fuel) for fire great.” We read in Hebrews 12:29 that our God is a consuming fire. It’s His Shekynah Glory, and when He is ready to cleanse Jerusalem, everybody will witness it. The fuel for the fire is the record that Almighty God keeps of the unrepented sins of His children. That’s why the wood will be piled high; Father has a lot of evidence against those who choose to live in sin rather than trust in Him. His faithful children don’t have to be afraid of God’s fire because it is not directed at them. It is used on His enemies as punishment, but it only warms the hearts of the faithful. Like the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace of Daniel, chapter 3, God’s fire could be all around us and not harm a hair on our head. That’s how our Father protects those who love Him and are faithful to Him.
Ezek. 24:10 “Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.” He’s saying, ‘Keep piling on the wood; keep putting the fire to it; let it cook until the meat falls off the bone; season it; and then cook the bones.’ Keep in mind that everybody will be in spiritual bodies at that time. Every flesh body is changed to a spiritual body when Christ returns, so it’s not talking about fire as we know it. “Flesh” means the choice pieces of the sheep that are to be thrown into the boiling water, and is used here as a parable, so, speaking spiritually, ‘choice flesh’ is used to mean the souls; the most important part of people.
Ezek. 24:11 “Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn,” (be scorched) “and that the filthiness of it” (the stench of it) “may be molten in it, that the scum (disease) of it may be consumed.” What this is saying is to cook it over fire so hot and for so long a time that maybe even the rust will pop off the pot.
Can you see the depth of feeling our Father has about the sins of His children who would rather go the way of the world than commit to a life for Him? He’s a loving Father; He loves His children much more than we can comprehend, and He doesn’t want to lose any of them. But, He’s also fair and just, so He cannot ignore our sins. All sins that are not repented of must be paid for, or God would not be fair or just. He has set rules or standards for Himself just as He set rules or standards for us. We break the rules, but He doesn’t, and we pay the price when do. God is not happy with His unrepentant children, and that’s a very serious thing. Perhaps you have read the slogan: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”. Well, Mama’s wrath is nowhere near as serious as the wrath of God. If children treated their mamas as badly as they treat Father God, I doubt she would be patient with them for as long as Father has been patient with us, and it would likely mean a trip to the woodshed with her as well.
Ezek. 24:12 “She hath wearied herself with lies,” (she has listened to lies) “and her great scum (disease) went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire” Some of God’s children would rather listen to lies than to hear the Truth.
Ezek. 24:13 “In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee” (I tried to purify you, clean you up) “and thou wast not purged, (you wouldn’t be cleansed) “thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.” They didn’t learn from it. God is saying: “I’m not going to cleanse your sinfulness anymore until it’s time for the final cleansing.” That time will be when the Son of God sets His feet on the Mount of Olives at His second coming (Zech. 14:4). When Satan sets up his headquarters in Jerusalem during the Tribulation, the city will be more polluted than it has ever been. Satan’s actual presence in Jerusalem will be the ultimate pollution of the city. After his five-month reign, God will destroy the city so that not one stone is left standing upon another (Mark 13:2).
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