A last picture of Jerusalem before its destruction – a rusted pot set on fire, with flesh being boiled in it. The flesh is taken out and scattered, symbolizing the dispersion of the people of the city; and the pot is then left on the fire, a symbol of the city lying waste and burned.
- Verses 1-14. Compare what the chief men of Jerusalem said in 11:3 with what God says here concerning the city and its people. What can we learn from this?
Cf. 1 Thess. 5:3; 2 Pet. 3:4.
- Verses 15-27. How is Ezekiel’s wife described in verse 16?
Yet God makes this painful experience also a means of ministry.
What was it designed to demonstrate?
See verses 24 and 27. Can you think of other instances where the sufferings of a servant of God have been made to serve God’s design, no matter at what cost to the sufferer?
Cf. Col. 1:24
- Verse 23. The people would be too stunned by the evil tidings to take any action.
- Verse 27. Cf. 3:26, 27.