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Book of Ezekiel Chapter 11

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Chapter 11

  • The spirit carries Ezekiel to the east gate of the Temple. He sees twenty-five men there, including Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah. 
  • God tells Ezekiel that these guys are bad. They're falsely informing Jerusalem that they'll be safe from God's wrath. He tells Ezekiel to prophesy against them. 
  • God says that the people have been smugly claiming that they're safe in the city like meat in a pot. But in reality, all the corpses in the city will be the meat in the pot, while the people themselves will be taken out of it by the invaders. 
  • They'll be harshly judged by God and lots of them will be killed. It's payback time for disobeying all his laws.

A Somewhat Distant Promise

  • As Ezekiel's making this prophecy, Pelatiah falls down and dies. 
  • Ezekiel himself falls down and asks if God's planning to destroy everyone from Israel. 
  • God tells Ezekiel that his own kin, his fellow exiles, and the whole House of Israel have strayed from God and are losing their land as punishment. 
  • But he's going to re-gather them from exile in the future and give their land back to their descendants. 
  • They'll be able to follow all of God's laws at that time, and he'll give them a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone.
  • But the people who worshipped idols and abominations will definitely be punished. 
  • The chariot with the cherubim and the glory of God finally flies away. The spirit brings Ezekiel back to Babylon, where he tells the exiles about what he saw.

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