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August 24 - Morning

"The word of the Lord came to me:

'Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes.
Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.
Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead.
Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beard or eat the customary food of mourners.'

So I spoke to the people in the morning,
and in the evening my wife died.
The next morning I did as I had been commanded.

Then the people asked me,
'Won’t you tell us what these things have to do with us? Why are you acting like this?'

So I said to them,
'The word of the Lord came to me:
Say to the people of Israel,
This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

"I am about to desecrate my sanctuary — the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection. The sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword."
' "

- Ezekiel 24:15-21

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Ezekiel's Wife's Death is Used as a Sign    

On the day Nebuchadnezzar began his siege of Jerusalem (January 15, 588 BC) the Lord gave Ezekiel a second message. The first message with a demonstration for the people to watch was the parable of the boiling pot (Ezekiel 24:1-14). The Lord told Ezekiel that his wife, the delight of his eyes, would be taken (die) “with one blow.” The use of the phrase “with one blow” is a translation of a word (Heb. magephah) that referred to a plague or disease (Ex. 9:14; Num. 14:37) and a sudden death
(1 Sam. 4:17; 2 Sam. 17:9).

Ezekiel is forbidden to mourn for his wife. Although Ezekiel is allowed to weep and groan quietly (privately), there is to be no public demonstration of sorrow and no visible signs that Ezekiel is grieving the loss of the wife he loved.

These customary signs of grief and morning for the dead normally observed are forbidden:

  • long, loud wailing
  • covering the head and placing hands on the head
  • throwing dust in the air and on one’s head
  • going barefoot
  • eating bland, simple food
  • covering mustache

The captives in Babylon would observe Ezekiel’s strange and coarse response to his wife’s death and ask, “Why?” Ezekiel’s personal tragedy is turned into a symbol and a sign for the people. This sign is acted out and explained to the people concerning their own cultural situation and the response that will be received when the Lord’s temple, his own sanctuary, in Jerusalem is destroyed.

Basic social behavior has broken down in Jerusalem. There will be no funerals and no mourning for the multitude of the dead people as was prophesied by Jeremiah.

- Jeremiah 7:32-8:2
- Jeremiah 16:5-9
- Jeremiah 15:5
- Jeremiah 22:10
- Jeremiah 19:6

The Lord’s own temple will be destroyed and overrun by pagans with no one left in the city to mourn the loss.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Instead of looking for heroes, be one and
help other people shine."
- Donald Collins
Something to Ponder??

During the days of the Judges (and, the book of Ruth) contracts were negotiated in the city gates where a crowd of men and elders would gather. Legal agreements were sealed by one of the men removing their sandal (Ruth 4:7). This practice came from the Nuzi culture and is documented in the Nuzi Tablets where the image of the sole of a man’s foot stands on his property. In the Mesopotamian culture that came into the land of Canaan a man who was selling his land would lift his foot up from his land and have the other man’s foot placed on the land. The removing of the sandal captures this image. Notice the wording of
Psalm 60:8 (and Psalm 108:9) where the Lord claims possession of a land by casting his sandal
over the land of Edom.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Qanah (Hb) - buy (Eng) - The Hebrew word qanah means “to get,” “to acquire” and “to create.”
In Genesis 4:1 qanah refers to God’s creative act of bringing something into existence.
In Deuteronomy 32:6 the Lord qanah Israel.
The personification of Wisdom is credited with qanah of creation in Proverbs 8:22-36.

The basic meaning of qanah as “make a purchase agreement” is seen in
Genesis 47:20 and Exodus 21:2

    In 2 Kings 2:19-20 the water at the spring in Jericho is contaminated. This spring has supplied the area of Jericho with fresh water for centuries and was known to create a fertile region even in Deuteronomy 34:3 where it is called “the City of Palms.” Excavations have revealed a tower from the Neolithic period and indications that Jericho was a settled city around
    9000 BC. The spring that Elisha miraculously restored in 2 Kings 2:19-20 is still flowing today. It is called the spring of ‘Ain es-Sultan, and has been known as “Elisha’s Fountain" since the days of the Crusaders.
    (Details HERE. Image HERE )
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I have enough accurate knowledge about God to have effective active faith?
I will believe and act on what I know to be true about God and Jesus.
I will seek to gain more accurate knowledge and insight about God and the Lord Jesus 
so I can grow in faith and access the grace and peace that God has for me.
  "To show partiality in judging is not good:
Whoever says to the guilty, 'You are innocent,'
    will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations."

- Proverbs 24:23-24
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Toni Wiemers in Hezekiah's Tunnel that was cut through the bedrock under the old City of David in 701 BC to bring water from the Gihon Springs to the Pool of Siloam.

A map detailing the Greek Orthodox and Latin/Roman Catholic split in The Great Schism of 1054 AD.

A map detailing the Greek Orthodox and Latin/Roman Catholic split in The Great Schism of 1054 AD.
(More teaching on this time period here.)

Toni Wiemers in Hezekiah's Tunnel that was cut through the bedrock under the old City of David in 701 BC to bring water from the Gihon Springs to the Pool of Siloam. (Details and photos here and here.) (click on images for larger size)
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