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Summary: a study of chapter 6 verses 1 through 14

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Ezekiel 6: 1 – 14

‘Tree huggers’

1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 2 “Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, 3 and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: “Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 4 Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. 5 And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars. 6 In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. 7 The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the LORD.8 “Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries. 9 Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations. 10 And they shall know that I am the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.” 11 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Pound your fists and stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. 12 He who is far off shall die by the pestilence, he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who remains and is besieged shall die by the famine. Thus will I spend My fury upon them. 13 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when their slain are among their idols all around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every thick oak, wherever they offered sweet incense to all their idols. 14 So I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblah, in all their dwelling places. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”

Have you ever heard of the term ‘tree hugger’? There is a tone of mockery in the label. There is nothing wrong with caring for the environment. Remember, we live in a cursed world. And yet, our Holy God in His Great Mercy still provides us with things of beauty and necessities.

Stop and ponder how Gracious our God Is to us. We do not deserve anything. Think of all the people who have lived before us. The land still provides for us fruit and vegetables. God also provides food from the land for the animals we eat. We derive still to this day fuel and precious metals. Even His creation of mountains and rivers provide natural protection. Out God Is Awesome!

In chapter 6 of the book of Ezekiel we read of a dramatic change in direction by the Lord. ‘And the word of the Lord came to me’, thus signifying a new prophetic message. Here we see that God now instructs His prophet to speak to the land and not the people. How come?

Well for one thing we have read in the previous chapters how the people were not listening to the Lord. So now the Lord speaks to His creation, which would listen to Him. Does this seem strange? Perhaps there is a great mystery here. Look at these statements;

Isaiah 45: 18 tells us, “18 For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “ I am the LORD, and there is no other.”

Colossians 1: 15 – 18 reports this, “15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

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