Bible Study: Ezekiel 12 – Judah’s Captivity

The book of Ezekiel is one of the major prophets in the Old Testament. It was authored by Ezekiel who was set as a watchman to the house of Israel.

Ezek 3:17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:

The twelfth chapter of Ezekiel is about Ezekiel as a sign for Judah’s Captivity.

Sign

Ezek 12:1-7 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house. By day you shall bring out your belongings in their sight, as though going into captivity; and at evening you shall go in their sight, like those who go into captivity. Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it. In their sight you shall bear them on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel.” So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and I bore them on my shoulder in their sight.

God is using Ezekiel as a sign for the rebellious house of Israel to consider their ways and turn back to God. We see the same kind of rebellious people even today. Many liberal Christians who neither knew the the Bible nor Christ, create their own version of ‘jesus’ who only know to love. For them, declaring the righteous judgments of God and the coming wrath of the true Jesus Christ becomes a hate speech.

Meaning

Ezek 12:8 And in the morning the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’ Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them.” ’ Say, ‘I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.’ And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes. I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”

Ezekiel was a sign for God’s judgment on Israel where they will be carried into captivity. God Himself will set a trap and make them fall into the hands of the Babylonians. He will scatter them and send a sword against them to kill them. Yet, he spared a few from the sword. from famine, from pestilence so that they can declare all their abominations among the Gentiles. In all God’s judgment on the house of Israel (kingdom of Judah), He is merciful to leave a small remnant.

Land shall become desolate

Ezek 12:17 -20 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it. Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

Because of the violence of the people who lived in the land, God is making it desolate. Just as Ezekiel was eating the bread with quaking and drinking water with trembling and anxiety, so does God will empty the land to make it desolate. While God is merciful, the same judgment can also apply to us if we forsake Him. 

Not Postponed

Ezek 12:21-28 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’? Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the LORD. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord GOD.’  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord GOD.’

We are living similar to the days before the captivity of Judah. “The days are prolonged, and every vision fails”. This is even true today.

2 Pet 3:3-7 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

The same is being told to us today .

Rev 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

Are we like the house of Judah? Let us repent and turn back to God. He is coming soon.