August 17, 2012

230- The fourth deportation: 588 BC

Kathleen's thoughts

Ezekiel 23: 22 -49, 24: 1-27
Jeremiah 39:1, 52: 3-5,29, 32: 1-5, 34: 8-11
2 Kings 25: 1-2

God's judgement on Oholibah Therefore, this is what the Lord God says' Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your indecency and promiscuity.

God's judgement on Ohoiah and Oholibah Then the Lord said to me; Son of man, will you pass judgment against Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare their abominations to them.

The boiling cauldron And so it is as the refiners fire the Israelites will experience God's hand on them . Set the empty pot on its coals so that it becomes hot and its copper glows. Then its impurity will melt inside it; its rust will be consumed. It has frustrated every effort, its thick rust will not come off. into the fire with its rust! Because of the indecency of your uncleanness- since I tried to purify you, but you would not be purified from your uncleanness you will not be pure again. until I have satisfied My wrath on you. I the Lord has spoken.

Jerusalem's capture approaches In the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign on the tenth day of the tenth month, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon advanced against Jerusalem with his entire army. They laid siege to the city and built a siege wall all around it. The city was under siege until King Zedekiah's eleventh year.

Ezekiel's wife dies Gosh, I can't imagine having to do this is my spouse goes home to be with the Lord. What was required of Ezekiel must have been  frightfully hard to do.
Son of man, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you with a fatal blow. But you must not lament or weep or let your tears flow. Groan quietly , do not observe mourning rites for the dead. Put on your turban and strap your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache or eat the bread of Mourners.
I spoke to the people in the mourning and my wife died in the evening. The next morning I did just as I was commanded.

832 Captives taken

Jeremiah's first imprisonment 

Deceitful treatment of slaves. The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah after King Zedekiah made a covenant with all the people who were in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom to them.BUT afterwards, however they changed their minds and took back their male and female slaves they had freed and forced them to become slaves again.

Think about Him in all your ways and He will guide you on the right paths. Prov 3: 6-7


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