Behold, the day!
Behold, it has come!
Doom has gone out;
The rod has blossomed,
Pride has budded.
Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness;
None of them shall remain,
None of their multitude,
None of them;
Nor shall there be wailing for them.
The time has come,
The day draws near.
‘Let not the buyer rejoice,
Nor the seller mourn,
For wrath is on their whole multitude.
For the seller shall not return to what has been sold,
Though he may still be alive;
For the vision concerns the whole multitude,
And it shall not turn back;
No one will strengthen himself
Who lives in iniquity.
‘They have blown the trumpet and made everyone ready,
But no one goes to battle;
For My wrath is on all their multitude.
The sword is outside,
And the pestilence and famine within.
Whoever is in the field
Will die by the sword;
And whoever is in the city,
Famine and pestilence will devour him.
‘Those who survive will escape and be on the mountains
Like doves of the valleys,
All of them mourning,
Each for his iniquity.
Every hand will be feeble,
And every knee will be as weak as water.
They will also be girded with sackcloth;
Horror will cover them;
Shame will be on every face,
Baldness on all their heads.
‘They will throw their silver into the streets,
And their gold will be like refuse;
Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them
In the day of the wrath of the LORD;
They will not satisfy their souls,
Nor fill their stomachs,
Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.
‘As for the beauty of his ornaments,
He set it in majesty;
But they made from it
The images of their abominations—
Their detestable things;
Therefore I have made it
Like refuse to them.
I will give it as plunder
Into the hands of strangers,
And to the wicked of the earth as spoil;
And they shall defile it.
I will turn My face from them,
And they will defile My secret place;
For robbers shall enter it and defile it.
“Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness;”
The morning’s headlines read of so many dead and so many injured, some call it a massacre and this is not half a world away, this is right here in the US of A.
“…Pride has budded.”
Do we see evidence of the pride of mankind in what they have achieved? Who do they credit with their achievements? There is an outcry today against one who made a statement that presumes our business owners had help and did not do it alone. What is at the root of the outcry?
For Israel at this time in Ezekiel there was no escape. For us a way of escape has been provided from the judgment that comes as a result of arrogance and pride.
”The rod has blossomed,”
Christ is seen as the rod of Aaron, budding and bringing forth fruit. That way of escape is given through Jesus Christ and his cross. Violence will be with us, pride and arrogance will be with us, the evil that is in the world will be with us, but we are not of the world and are separated from it. Christ came to the world because of the judgment sin brings: In John 9:39 he says,
“For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
He states in John 12:47 NKJV –
“And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
As we see clearly in Ezekiel, evil in the world is judged already by God Almighty. Jesus came to provide a way out of that judgment. There is no room for violence, pride and arrogance in the life of the believer. The Lord’s protection and mercy rest upon the believer. Life lived for the Lord is the opposite of what is pictured here. We have much to be thankful for. Peace is ours, violence belongs to the wicked.