A Message from Ezekiel

It takes a particularly dense clod of clay between the ears, to read the prophets in the Bible and not think that God, through them, speaks to us today.

Take, for instance, Chapter 13 of Ezekiel. “Thus saith the Lord God, Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?” [Ezekiel 13:18]

We can’t be sure exactly what Ezekiel was talking about, because he was describing something that would have been well-known to his audience, the people of Jerusalem, circa 600 B.C. Pillows? Kerchiefs? But it’s obvious that he’s referring to superstitious practices that were the equivalent of a lot of our own New Age mumbo-jumbo. He could just as well be writing about crystals, animal spirit guides, and ouija boards.

And the Lord goes on to say that He will tear away the kerchiefs and the pillows, and punish the false prophetesses who sell them to a foolish and credulous public, “Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life…” [v.22]

I don’t know about you, but that sounds awfully familiar to me. Lies that demoralize the good? Yeah, I think we might run across a few hundred dozen of those every day, issued authoritatively by our glorious leaders, the nooze media, the UN, and the rest of the usual suspects. Lies that convince the wicked that they’re doing just fine, no need to change, just keep on goin’ as they’re goin’? Gee, I guess if I really put my mind to it, I can probably think of a few behaviors that were sins for thousands and thousands of years, but of course aren’t anymore because our leaders and Hollywood and our hip, seeker-friendly churchmen say so.

Meanwhile, false prophets and charlatans promise us salvation, which usually we can achieve by forking over money to them for some sure-fire magic gizmo or self-help scheme. Pillows and kerchiefs. The narrative: lies told in a good cause, like to Save the Planet.

We really are in trouble.

9 comments on “A Message from Ezekiel

  1. Message was not posted, blank sheet, would like to read “A Message from Ezekiel” could you repost, thank you Lee. Sincerely D.L. Ferguson

  2. After a lifetime of Supercessionism, I came to the conclusion that the restoration of Israel is literal. Such a conclusion changes the way I look at prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures. It used to be that I looked at the Hebrew Scriptures as dead history, an object lesson which also pointed to the Christ. Now I see these prophecies as being alive and having future significance.

    The issues are the same. We have the same tendency to sin as did ancient Israel, and idolatry is as powerful as ever. The nouns may be different, but the verbs and adjectives are the same, trust in these false gods and be saved from calamity. God will take care of this, in His time.

  3. What? No washer & dryer in your apartment? I’m glad my laundromat days are behind me. The one I used before I got married was called “Queen’s Palace.”
    How about a post sometime about Ezekiel’s wheel within a wheel.

    1. The pipe feeding our washing machine broke some months ago and the landlord hadn’t repaired it.

      As for the wheel within a wheel–I’m afraid I don’t understand it, and can’t even visualize it all that well.

    2. I get the strong impression that Ezekiel was trying to write about powerful visions that he didn’t have quite the right words for.

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