Infamous and Tumultuous

Read the Bible in a year by reading Ezekiel 22 and 23 today.
The great city Jerusalem was nearing the end of her glory. God had Ezekiel speak to the city. The prophet said that the word of the Lord came to him, saying that he was to judge the beloved city that had become a city of blood (Ezekiel 22:1, 2). That meant he had to show her all her abominations (v. 2). “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself,” (v.3) the Lord revealed. Therefore, “You have become guilty,” the Lord said through the prophet, “by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made.” Because of that, He told the city that its end was close, “You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years,” and that is why God made the city “a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries” (v. 4). God revealed how other nations would treat the once favored city, “Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and full of tumult” (v. 5).
What a sad commentary on a city once known as the city of David. Yet, these things God put in the Scriptures that we might learn from Jerusalem’s example. God does not want to destroy any city or nation, but He will if it persists in committing abominations. That is why you and I cannot remain silent, but we must live the life of righteousness and let righteousness flow from our lips.

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