When we follow the world

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.15.2017 – Old Testament: Eze 11.6–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 10–12 on November 15, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Why did Judah end up in Babylonian captivity? Why did the Lord send the mighty Babylonians against His own people? Listen to Ezekiel,

“You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.” Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron; but I shall bring you out of the midst of it. You have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you,” says the Lord GOD. “And I will bring you out of its midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and execute judgments on you. You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. This city shall not be your caldron, nor shall you be the meat in its midst. I will judge you at the border of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD; for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you” (Ezekiel 11.6–12). 

They filled their streets with those whom they had killed. Why did they kill innocent people so much so that they filled Jerusalem with the slain? They did not walk in the Lord’s ways but followed the ways of the Gentiles, the way of the world. It never pays to forsake the Lord and to follow the world.

Questions:

  • Who do you follow? The Lord? The world?
  • Why did you answer that question the way that you did?

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