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Ezekiel – Enough is Enough

Scripture: Chapters 12-14

Key Verse: Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “None of My words will be postponed any
more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord GOD.’”, (12:28)

Overview: Judah’s leaders faced judgment first. God had charged them with the responsibility for
Biblically based leadership among His people. They had failed miserably! They misdirected God’s people
because of the deficiencies of their character, as shown in their lack of trust in God and His Word.

Theme: God holds spiritual leaders accountable for their leadership!

Chapters 4-24 cover the period from Ezekiel’s call to the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem

Chapters 4-11, the certainty of God’s judgment


Chapters 12-19, the necessity of God’s judgment
Their confidence that the kingdom and the capital would be spared was baseless
God desires the remnant to be aroused to repent

Outline:

1. Don’t rationalize – God does what He says (Ezekiel 12)


2. Don’t trust the religion of fools – God deals in truth (Ezekiel 13)
3. Don’t make your own God – Repent before the true God (Ezekiel 14)

Detail:

1. Don’t rationalize – God does what He says (Ezekiel 12)


a. Dramatizing God’s Word (12:1-10)
i. A new series of messages: “Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying” (1)
ii. God’s view of Israel: “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house,
which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for
they are a rebellious house” (1)
1. Question: how does God view me? You?
2. 1 Sam 16:7, “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at
the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart”
3. Hebrews 4:13, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all
things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give
account”
4. Psalm 139:1-3, “O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my
thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And
are acquainted with all my ways.”

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iii. Ezekiel to “act out” the escape from Jerusalem (vss 3-6)
1. Just the basic “stuff” for moving!
2. 3: “prepare your belongings for captivity”
3. So little that it could be easily carried: “you shall bear them on your
shoulders” (6)
4. Something literally acted out – proof asked about it in the morning!
iv. Ezekiel obeys asking no questions!
v. A wonderment to the exiles: “What are you doing?” (vs 9)
vi. Dramatization of the fate of the inhabitants of Israel!
vii. Face covering (vs 6):
1. Humiliation of one of noble birth!
2. Cf 2 Kings 25:4-7: “Then the city wall was broken through, and all the
men of war fled at night by way of the gate between two walls, which
was by the king’s garden, even though the Chaldeans were still
encamped all around against the city. And the king went by way of the
plain. 5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and they
overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his army was scattered from
him. 6 So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon
at Riblah, and they pronounced judgment on him. 7 Then they killed the
sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound
him with bronze fetters, and took him to Babylon”
b. Explained (10-16):
i. “This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who
are among them.” (10)
1. Ezekiel called Zedekiah “the prince”
2. Regarded Jehoiachin as the true King (17:13)
ii. Israel shares the calamity!
iii. Impacts exiles as dashes hopes of early return!
iv. Cf 2 Kings 25:1-7
v. Note Zedekiah would die in Babylon … but not “see” the land: “I will bring him
to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall
die there.” (vs 13)
vi. Purpose! Our God is God Who acts according to His divine purpose!
1. Knowledge of God: “Then they shall know that I am the LORD” (15)
2. The remnant (vs 16): “that they may declare all their abominations
among the Gentiles wherever they go”
3. Note threefold: “they shall know that I am the LORD” (15,16,20)

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c. Distress in the siege (12:17-20):


i. Portrayed by Ezekiel: “eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with
trembling and anxiety” (18)
ii. Message for captives: “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their
water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because
of the violence of all those who dwell in it” (19)
d. The timing of God’s Word (12:21-28)
i. A perception that with the great time span (humanly speaking) between earlier
prophecies of doom and fulfillment
ii. Proverb: “The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’” (22). God says “I will
lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” (23)
iii. Sound familiar?
1. 2 Peter 3:4, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers
fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of
creation.”
2. I find myself amazing that people are surprised that people die! Or
tragedies befall men!
a. 1 Peter 1:24, “All flesh is as grass,And all the glory of man as the
flower of the grass.The grass withers,And its flower falls away”
b. James 4:14, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that
appears for a little time and then vanishes away”
iv. God says : “For I am the LORD. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to
pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will
say the word and perform it” (25)
v. Even in that very day, people had a perception that God’s Word would fail! “he
prophesies of times far off.’” (27)
vi. Application:
1. Death (personal)
2. Judgment
3. Rapture
4. Tribulation
5. Etc

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2. Don’t trust the religion of fools – God deals in truth (Ezekiel 13)
a. Identification of fools (13:1-7)
i. False prophets
1. They “prophesy out of their own heart” (13:2)
2. The foolishly “follow their own spirit and have seen nothing” (vs 3)
3. “They have envisioned futility and false divination” (6)
ii. They offered no real defense or power …. But were there to feed off the detritus
and debris of the crushed nation!
iii. Today’s fools:
1. The atheist: Psalm 14:1, “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no
God.””
2. The blasphemer: Psalm 74:18, “a foolish people has blasphemed Your
name”
iv. Every generation is called to be vigilant in defending the truth and on guard
against false teachers!
b. Judgment on fools (13:8-23)
i. God is against them (vs 8)
ii. They have no true inheritance with the people of God (vs 9)
iii. What they did:
1. Seduced the people (vs 10)
2. They falsehoods like untempered plaster (vs true mortar)
3. They had a form of beautiful religion: “sew magic charms on their
sleeves” and “veils for the head” (vs 18)
4. But really they are only in it for themselves! - They “hunt the souls of
My people”
iv. God will judge them: ‘I am against your magic charms” (20)
v. Purpose: God wants truthful faithful leaders of His people: “I will deliver My
people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD” (23)
c. Comment: God’s desire for His NT people
i. True shepherds!
ii. Standards (1 Timothy 3)
iii. We should pray for, respect, follow them!

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3. Don’t make your own God – Repent before the true God (Ezekiel 14)
a. The command (14:1-11)
i. The sins or the leaders present in the people at large!
1. Ezekiel approached by elders of Israel (vs 1)
2. God’s complaint against them: “these men have set up their idols in
their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble
into iniquity” (vs 3)
3. Their very sins present in the people of God (vs 4)
4. God wonders: “Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?”
ii. Command: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from
all your abominations” (vs 6)
iii. Observations:
1. The leaders sinned …. And people followed them!
2. Idolatry (sins in the heart that dethroned God) … lead to abominable
practices
3. Orthodoxy leaders to orthopraxy!
iv. What does true repentance look like?
1. Repentance is a changing to the mind
2. A mark of repentance is a change of behavior
v. God’s purpose in judgment: “that the house of Israel may no longer stray from
Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, but that they may
be My people and I may be their God” (v 11)
b. The consequence (14:12-23)
i. Judgments (vs 21“I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword
and famine and wild beasts and pestilence”):
1. Famine: Vs 13, “when a land sins against Me by persistent
unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its
supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.”
2. Wild beasts: (15) “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and
they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through
because of the beasts,”
3. Sword: (17); “Sword, go through the land,’ and I cut off man and beast
from it”
4. Plague: (21) “and pestilence”

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ii. So wicked was the land that even if Job, Noah or Daniel were there … they alone
would escape with their lives! (vs 20)
1. Interesting that these held up as examples
2. Noah – “Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked
with God” (Genesis 6:9)
3. Job … the great sufferer (Job 1:8, “a blameless and upright man, one
who fears God and shuns evil”)
4. Daniel … a contemporary of Ezekiel
iii. Again God’s purpose: (22-23)
1. Yet a remnant to join the current exiles: “there shall be left in it a
remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they
will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings.”
2. Comfort knowing God is sovereignly working: “Then you will be
comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem,
all that I have brought upon it.”
3. Knowing that God always acts in accord with his justice, holiness, mercy
and love: “you shall know that I have done nothing without cause that I
have done in it”
4. Application:
a. We need to value true Spiritual leaders
b. Specific actions in Hebrews 13:
i. Remember them: “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the
word of God to you” (13:7)
ii. Follow them: “whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct”
(13:7)
iii. Obey them: “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch
out for your souls” (13:17)
iv. Greet them: “Greet all those who rule over you,” (13:24)
c. How does a Pastor lead?
i. By teaching
ii. By moral excellence (the power of example)
iii. By directing (bishophric)

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