Yechezkel Twenty-Four: Burning

Ezekiel is commanded to mark the 10th day of the 10th month of the 9th year as the day that the king of Babylon attacked Jerusalem. “Therefore, so said the Lord God: Woe, city of blood, pot whose filth is therein, and its filth has not gone out of it; bring it out limb by limb; no lot has fallen on it (Ezekiel 24:6).” The destruction of Jerusalem is described, with the fires burning, bringing God’s wrath to the people. I can’t imagine a destroyed Jerusalem. I’ve been lucky enough to live in the city for years, but have only known it whole, unified, and beautiful. Jerusalem’s streets and buildings are built of Jerusalem stone, a material that often goes soft in the morning and evening lights, and is slippery thanks to thousands of years of feet stepping on the same stones. To think of those stones burning is tragic, and I don’t even want to think about the Jerusalem that Ezekiel had to live through.

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