Ezekiel 12 Commentary
Together with Ezekiel in exile is King Jehoiachin. Back in Jerusalem is the great prophet Jeremiah with weak and wicked King Zedekiah. Zedekiah is Jehoiachin’s uncle who Nebuchadnezzar installs after deposing and deporting Jehoiachin.
Zedekiah is the prince mentioned in this chapter. His fate is described at length with details of his capture and eventual death. There are hints of the blinding of Zedekiah’s eyes and the execution of his officials.
The LORD uses visuals to attract attention. Perhaps, men and women in exile would pay attention. Ezekiel is the main actor. And in the play, Ezekiel acts as a refugee.
There is no land in between; you are either free or in bondage. Zedekiah has chosen the path of slavery to sin and so his fate is plain. Will he see it and return to freedom under the reign of the King of kings? It is an outcome that these prophecies anticipate.
But the people miss the point when they think Ezekiel is misrepresenting the LORD with his empty threats.
As history would have it, they all lived to experience all of it. Jerusalem fell and Zedekiah escaped in the night. He was captured, blinded, and eventually killed. The last thing he saw was the execution of his own children. The LORD did His best to warn and warn the king but it was all in vain.
Ponder the fate of Zedekiah. The threats from the LORD weren’t at all empty. Know that the threats in the scripture are warning signs meant to redirect a man’s life back to the LORD. Life’s events have timelines and so the warnings are delivered in time.
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