Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read that the Lord addresses his people. Since they were unfaithful to him, they will experience his judgment. All is not lost, if they return to him he will restore them once again. In Ezekiel, the Lord gives him a vision of Jerusalem. He sees the Temple with both the false worship and glory of God. Ezekiel is called by the Lord as the “son of man.” This term gives Ezekiel the power and authority from God.
Later a man is told to put a mark — the Hebrew letter tau, which is the shape of the cross — on those who mourn what is happening in the temple. Six men are sent to kill all of those who do not have a sign of the cross on their foreheads.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Step down! Sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon. Sit on the ground, no throne, daughter of the Chaldaeans, for never again willyou be called tender and delicate.
3 Let your nakedness be displayed and your shame exposed. I am going to take vengeance and no one will stand in my way.
5 Sit in silence, bury yourself in darkness, daughter of the Chaldaeans, for never again will you be called the mistress of kingdoms.
10 Confident in your wickedness, you thought, ‘No one can see me.’ Your wishes and your knowledge were what deluded you, as you thought to yourself, ‘I am the only one who matters.’
11 Hence, disaster will befall you which you will not know how to charm away, calamity overtake you which you will not be able to avert, ruination will suddenly befall you, such as you have never known.
13 You have had many tiring consultations: let the astrologers come forward now and save you, the star-gazers who announce month by month what will happen to you next.
1 Listen to this, House of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and issued from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of Yahweh and invoke the God of Israel, though not in good faith or uprightness;
8 No, you have not heard, you have not known, for a long time your ear has not been attentive, for I knew how treacherous you were; you have been called a rebel since the womb.
9 For the sake of my name I shall defer my anger, for the sake of my honour I shall be patient with you, rather than destroy you.
12 Listen to me, Jacob, Israel whom I have called: I, and none else, am the first, I am also the last.
13 My hand laid the foundations of earth and my right hand spread out the heavens. I summon them and they all present themselves together.
15 I, I have spoken, yes, I have summoned him, I have brought him, and he will succeed.
18 If only you had listened to my commandments! Your prosperity would have been like a river and your saving justice like the waves of the sea.
2 I looked, and there was a form with the appearance of a human being. Downwards from what seemed to be the waist there was fire; and upwards from the waist there was a brilliance like the glitter of amber.
3 Something like a hand was stretched out and it took me by a lock of my hair; and the spirit lifted me between heaven and earth and, in visions from God, took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the inner north gate, where stands the idol that provokes jealously.
5 He said, ‘Son of man, raise your eyes to the north.’ I raised my eyes to the north, and there, to the north of the altar gate, stood this statue of jealousy at the entrance.
6 He said, ‘Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the monstrous, loathsome things that the House of Israel is practising here, to drive me out of my sanctuary? And you will see practices more loathsome still.’
11 Seventy elders of the House of Israel were worshipping the idols — among them Jaazaniah son of Shaphan — each one with his censer in his hand, from which rose a fragrant cloud of incense.
12 He said, ‘Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the House of Israel do in the dark, each in his personal image-shrine? They say, “Yahweh cannot see us; Yahweh has abandoned the country.” ‘
13 He said, ‘You will see them at practices more loathsome still.’
15 He said, ‘Son of man, do you see that? You will see even more loathsome things than that.’
16 He then led me to the inner court of the Temple of Yahweh. And there, at the entrance to Yahweh’s sanctuary, between the portico and the altar, there were about twenty-five men, with their backs to Yahweh’s sanctuary and their faces turned towards the east, before the rising sun.
17 He said to me, ‘Son of man, do you see that? Is it not bad enough for the House of Judah to be doing the loathsome things they are doing here? But they fill the country with violence and provoke my anger further; look at them now putting that branch to their nostrils.
18 And so I shall react in fury; I shall show neither pity nor mercy. They may cry as loudly as they like to me; I will not listen.’
1 Then he shouted loudly for me to hear, ‘The scourges of the city are approaching, each carrying his weapon of destruction!’
2 Immediately six men advanced from the upper north gate, each holding a deadly weapon. Among them was a man dressed in linen, with a scribe’s ink-horn in his belt. They came in and halted in front of the bronze altar.
6 old men, young men, girls, children, women, kill and exterminate them all. But do not touch anyone with a cross on his forehead. Begin at my sanctuary.’ So they began with the old men who were in the Temple.
8 While they were hacking them down, I was left alone; I fell on my face, crying out, ‘Ah, Lord Yahweh, are you going to annihilate all that is left of Israel by venting your fury on Jerusalem?’
9 He said, ‘The guilt of the House of Israel and Judah is immense; the country is full of bloodshed, the city full of perversity, for they say, “Yahweh has abandoned the country, Yahweh cannot see.”
11 The man dressed in linen with the scribe’s ink-horn in his belt then came back and made his report, ‘I have carried out your orders.’
13 In the sin of the lips lies a disastrous trap, but the upright finds a way out of misfortune.
14 Abundance of good things is the fruit of the lips; labour brings its own return.
16 The fool shows anger straightaway, the discreet conceals dislike.