8月21日-Siege Announced to Ezekiel

以西结书

以西结宣告被围攻的话语-Siege Announced to Ezekiel

以西结宣告被围攻的话语-Siege Announced to Ezekiel

Amost amazing thing happens on the very day of the siege, in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, in the tenth month on the tenth day. Some 300 to 700 miles away from Jerusalem, in the city of Tel Aviv, near the Kebar River in Babylonia, the prophet Ezekiel is told about the siege. No messenger of Ezekiel’s day can deliver news that quickly! None, that is, except God himself. And here is what Ezekiel is told.

Following this word about the beginning of Jerusalem’s siege comes one of the most disturbing accounts in all of recorded Scripture. It is nothing new for God to provide signs of his working. Ezekiel himself has enacted many of these signs in the presence of his people and provided the interpretation for their edification. And it is nothing new for God to require great sacrifice on the part of his prophets. But God now brings a sign which requires the ultimate sacrifice of Ezekiel. As a sign that there is to be no mourning for the loss of life when Jerusalem finally falls, God actually takes the life of Ezekiel’s wife!

Perhaps Ezekiel’s wife was dying in any event, and God simply used her death as a way of bringing an important message. But that would be highly coincidental and clearly contrary to Ezekiel’s account. Certainly it can be said that Ezekiel is being asked to give up no more than what God himself will give up one day in order to bring a sign to all the world. Perhaps that itself is the very answer: as Creator of the universe God can and does act in ways that confound man. Death undoubtedly has a totally different significance to God than it does to man. But the immediate mystery is how Ezekiel can seemingly take his wife’s death in stride and continue his ministry. What testimony to any man’s faith this would be!

# 以西结书(EZK)
## 以积薪沸釜为喻
[24:1] 第九年十月初十日,耶和华的话又临到我说:
[24:2] 「人子啊,今日正是巴比伦王就近耶路撒冷的日子,你要将这日记下。
[24:3] 要向这悖逆之家设比喻说:『主耶和华如此说:将锅放在火上,放好了,就倒水在其中,
[24:4] 将肉块,就是一切肥美的肉块,腿和肩都聚在其中,拿美好的骨头把锅装满;
[24:5] 取羊群中最好的,将柴堆在锅下,使锅开滚,好把骨头煮在其中。
## 示耶路撒冷必遭毁灭
[24:6] 主耶和华如此说:祸哉!这流人血的城,就是长锈的锅。其中的锈未曾除掉,须要将肉块从其中一一取出来,不必为他拈鬮。
[24:7] 城中所流的血倒在净光的磐石上,不倒在地上,用土掩盖。
[24:8] 这城中所流的血倒在净光的磐石上,不得掩盖,乃是出于我,为要发忿怒施行报应。
[24:9] 所以主耶和华如此说:祸哉!这流人血的城,我也必大堆火柴。
[24:10] 添上木柴,使火着旺,将肉煮烂,把汤熬浓,使骨头烤焦。
[24:11] 把锅倒空坐在炭火上,使锅烧热,使铜烧红,熔化其中的污秽,除净其上的锈。
[24:12] 这锅劳碌疲乏,所长的大锈仍未除掉,这锈就是用火也不能除掉。
[24:13] 在你污秽中有淫行,我洁净你,你却不洁净。你的污秽再不能洁净,直等我向你发的忿怒止息。
[24:14] 我耶和华说过的必定成就,必照话而行,必不返回,必不顾惜,也不后悔。人必照你的举动行为审判你。这是主耶和华说的。』」
## 喻以西结勿为妻死哀哭喻以色列人受苦不暇悲伤
[24:15] 耶和华的话又临到我说:
[24:16] 「人子啊,我要将你眼目所喜爱的忽然取去,你却不可悲哀哭泣,也不可流泪,
[24:17] 只可叹息,不可出声,不可办理丧事;头上仍勒裹头巾,脚上仍穿鞋,不可蒙着嘴唇,也不可喫吊丧的食物。」
[24:18] 于是我将这事早晨告诉百姓,晚上我的妻就死了。次日早晨,我便遵命而行。
[24:19] 百姓问我说:「你这样行与我们有什么关系,你不告诉我们吗?」
[24:20] 我回答他们:「耶和华的话临到我说:
[24:21] 『你告诉以色列家,主耶和华如此说:我必使我的圣所,就是你们势力所夸耀、眼里所喜爱、心中所爱惜的被亵渎,并且你们所遗留的儿女,必倒在刀下。
[24:22] 那时,你们必行我仆人所行的:不蒙着嘴唇,也不喫吊丧的食物,
[24:23] 你们仍要头上勒裹头巾,脚上穿鞋,不可悲哀哭泣。你们必因自己的罪孽相对叹息,渐渐消灭。
[24:24] 以西结必这样为你们作预兆;凡他所行的,你们也必照样行。那事来到,你们就知道我是主耶和华。』
[24:25] 人子啊,我除掉他们所倚靠、所欢喜的荣耀,并眼中所喜爱、心里所重看的儿女。
[24:26] 那日逃脱的人岂不来到你这里,使你耳闻这事吗?
[24:27] 你必向逃脱的人开口说话,不再哑口。你必这样为他们作预兆,他们就知道我是耶和华。」

By Lydia 小黎(梨🍐)٩(●˙▿˙●)۶…⋆ฺ

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