23 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 24 “Son of man, they who inhabit those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one, and he inherited the land. But we are many; the land has been given to us as a possession.’
25 “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “You eat meat with blood, you lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood. Should you then possess the land? 26 You rely on your sword, you commit abominations, and you defile one another’s wives. Should you then possess the land?” ’
27 “Say thus to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “As I live, surely those who are in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and the one who is in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and caves shall die of the pestilence. 28 For I will make the land most desolate, her arrogant strength shall cease, and the mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that no one will pass through. 29 Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have made the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.” ’
As predicted earlier, when the man from Israel arrived, Ezekiel’s mouth was opened to speak. God once again denounces the evil in the land and calls judgment on the proud and wicked. They put their faith in their own abilities, even after they had experienced a taste of the judgment of God. They continued in their proud ways and were promised to be completely wiped out. Note that God says ‘as surely as I live.’ He lives and his word is true and final. We are blessed to have his grace extended to us. Are we accessing It? If not, be sure judgment will come. His word is true. For the believer, we have mercy and grace thanks to Jesus Christ. In that we can glory. He is our source, he is our salvation. It is not of our doing, but his.