Exposition of Ezekiel (16): Babylon is Fallen
“Babylon is fallen, fallen, that great city” (Rev. 14:18). The great city, Jerusalem, is falling, and so shall all the nations round about.
Israel’s Judgment - Chapter 24 begins, “Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.” a) The parable of the pot (24:1-14) - “Put on the cooking pot.” Israel rejected the refining fire (v. 11ff). “....how many there are, on whom ordinances and providences are all lost” (M. Henry). b) The parable of the death of the wife (25:15-27) - The tragic end of the chapter is a real life parable. Israel had clung to their culture-n-heritage, missing the redemptive purpose of the land, the temple and the priesthood. “I am about to desecrate my sanctuary—the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection.” Just as Ezekiel’s wife died (24:18), the object of his affection - God’s “wife” - Israel - and the temple and city also is dead to Him.
The Nations’ Judgment - The judgment which begins with God’s House does not stop there. The judgment proceeds to the other nations in chapters 25-32. Seven nations are to be judged, six of which were spared at the Conquest in Joshua’s day. They refused grace but now are called to account. These are in couplets.
Ammon & Moab: Ammon, 25:1-7 - You said “Aha!” over my sanctuary & Moab, 25:8-11 - Judah has become like all the other nations. Superbia - pride & Invidea - envy call forth judgment.
Edom & Philistia: Edom, 25:12-14 - Edom took revenge on the house of Judah. & Philistia, 25:15-17 - The Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with malice in their hearts. Ira - Wrath/Revenge call forth judgment.
Tyre & Sidon: Tyre: 26:1-28:19 - (cf Mt. 11:22) “Tyre has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha!’ ... now that she lies in ruins I will prosper.” Tyre had been converted (see the relation of Hiram and Solomon, then apostatized, cf Ahab and Jeze-baal). The most mighty sooner or later, come down. True King of Tyre, 28:11-19 (Adam, Satan, or the High Priest?) & Sidon, 28:20). Avaritia - greed call forth judgment.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more
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