[Ezekiel 5:1] AND THOU, SON OF MAN, TAKE THEE A SHARP KNIFE, TAKE THEE A
BARBER'S RAZOR, AND CAUSE IT TO PASS UPON THINE HEAD AND UPON THY BEARD:
THEN TAKE THEE BALANCES TO WEIGH, AND DIVIDE THE HAIR.
"THEE BALANCES TO WEIGH, AND DIVIDE THE HAIR" : One opinion says this is
figurative and that they did not have such sensitive scales in those days.
I however would hesitate to underestimate the technological capability of
the Ancient Israelites at some stages. This aspect of weighing was seen (Breuer)
to emphasize the Divine Providence in the events predicted as against mere
[Ezekiel 5:2] THOU SHALT BURN WITH FIRE A THIRD
PART IN THE MIDST OF THE CITY, WHEN THE DAYS OF THE SIEGE ARE FULFILLED:
AND THOU SHALT TAKE A THIRD PART, AND SMITE ABOUT IT WITH A KNIFE: AND A
THIRD PART THOU SHALT SCATTER IN THE WIND; AND I WILL DRAW OUT A SWORD AFTER
Ezekiel is referring to the fate of Jerusalem on the simple level. One third
destroyed within the city, another third in the area around about, and the
last third scattered and exiled. A similar use of dividing into threes concerning
a coming calamity was found in Zechariah. Compare the verses and our commentary
<< AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT IN ALL THE LAND, SAITH THE LORD,
TWO PARTS THEREIN SHALL BE CUT OFF AND DIE; BUT THE THIRD SHALL BE LEFT THEREIN.
<< AND I WILL BRING THE THIRD PART THROUGH THE FIRE, AND WILL REFINE
THEM AS SILVER IS REFINED, AND WILL TRY THEM AS GOLD IS TRIED: THEY SHALL
CALL ON MY NAME, AND I WILL HEAR THEM: I WILL SAY, IT IS MY PEOPLE: AND THEY
SHALL SAY, THE LORD IS MY GOD>> [Zechariah 13:8-9].
The general explanation suggested is that some calamity will occur. Two-thirds
of the world's people (including, by implication, two-thirds of the Israelites?)
will perish. Part of the remaining third of non-Israelites and Israelites
by descent will then accept the faith of Israel and identify as Israelites
BUT then will come the troubles of Gog and Magog. There will be persecutions
and the threat of extinction. Most of the non-Israelites who accepted the
Israelite faith will back out and it will be mainly those of Israelite descent
who remain attached to Israelite religion.
[Ezekiel 5:3] THOU SHALT ALSO TAKE THEREOF A FEW IN NUMBER, AND BIND THEM IN THY SKIRTS.
[Ezekiel 5:4] THEN TAKE OF THEM AGAIN, AND CAST THEM INTO THE MIDST OF THE
FIRE, AND BURN THEM IN THE FIRE; FOR THEREOF SHALL A FIRE COME FORTH INTO
ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.
Here the indication is that the prophecy concerns all the House of Israel
(i.e. including the Ten Tribes) but the specifics seem to indicate primarily
Jerusalem of Judah.
[Ezekiel 5:5] THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; THIS IS
JERUSALEM: I HAVE SET IT IN THE MIDST OF THE NATIONS AND COUNTRIES THAT ARE
ROUND ABOUT HER.
"I will not cease from mental fight,Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand Till
we have built JerusalemIn England's green and pleasant land" William Blake
Is "JERUSALEM" always the literal Jerusalem in Scripture? It can also
represent Judah in general. But can "JERUSALEM" in some contexts be also
applicable to the Lost Ten Tribes? Just when I was considering this
question I received in the mail a booklet from British Israel in the UK.
It contains a review by Michael A. Clark of a book titled "New Jerusalem"
by Adrian Gilbert. "New Jerusalem" means London. In 1666 there was the Great
Fire of London after which part of the city had to be rebuilt. According
to Mr. Clark (reviewing "New Jerusalem" by Adrian Gilbert):"Sir Christopher
Wren, who was a leading figure in the newly formed Royal Society, led the
group charged with this task [of designing the rebuilding of London] by Charles
II. The direction that the rebuilding of this new city took was entirely
shaped by the mystical and scientific
beliefs of this group. They believed that Britain had a predestined role
as the new Israel, and London was waiting to take up its position as the
prophesied New Jerusalem."
[Ezekiel 5:6] AND SHE HATH CHANGED MY JUDGMENTS
INTO WICKEDNESS MORE THAN THE NATIONS, AND MY STATUTES MORE THAN THE COUNTRIES
THAT ARE ROUND ABOUT HER: FOR THEY HAVE REFUSED MY JUDGMENTS AND MY STATUTES,
THEY HAVE NOT WALKED IN THEM.
We have not kept the Law nor the will of the Almighty as we should have done.
[Ezekiel 5:7] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD;
BECAUSE YE MULTIPLIED MORE THAN THE NATIONS THAT ARE ROUND ABOUT YOU, AND
HAVE NOT WALKED IN MY STATUTES, NEITHER HAVE KEPT MY JUDGMENTS, NEITHER HAVE
DONE ACCORDING TO THE JUDGMENTS OF THE NATIONS THAT ARE ROUND ABOUT YOU;
We have not kept the judgments of God, nor even have we done as well on a moral level as the non-Israelite nations around us.
[Ezekiel 5:8] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD;
BEHOLD, I, EVEN I, AM AGAINST THEE, AND WILL EXECUTE JUDGMENTS IN THE MIDST
OF THEE IN THE SIGHT OF THE NATIONS.
[Ezekiel 5:9] AND I WILL DO IN THEE THAT WHICH I HAVE NOT DONE, AND WHEREUNTO
I WILL NOT DO ANY MORE THE LIKE, BECAUSE OF ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS.
[Ezekiel 5:10] THEREFORE THE FATHERS SHALL EAT THE SONS IN THE MIDST OF
THEE, AND THE SONS SHALL EAT THEIR FATHERS; AND I WILL EXECUTE JUDGMENTS
IN THEE, AND THE WHOLE REMNANT OF THEE WILL I SCATTER INTO ALL THE WINDS.
[Ezekiel 5:11] WHEREFORE, AS I LIVE, SAITH THE
LORD GOD; SURELY, BECAUSE THOU HAST DEFILED MY SANCTUARY WITH ALL THY DETESTABLE
THINGS, AND WITH ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS, THEREFORE WILL I ALSO DIMINISH THEE;
NEITHER SHALL MINE EYE SPARE, NEITHER WILL I HAVE ANY PITY.
[Ezekiel 5:12] A THIRD PART OF THEE SHALL DIE WITH THE PESTILENCE, AND WITH
FAMINE SHALL THEY BE CONSUMED IN THE MIDST OF THEE: AND A THIRD PART SHALL
FALL BY THE SWORD ROUND ABOUT THEE; AND I WILL SCATTER A THIRD PART INTO
ALL THE WINDS, AND I WILL DRAW OUT A SWORD AFTER THEM.
Again retribution is predicted against us and we divided into three part only one of which is to survive?
[Ezekiel 5:13] THUS SHALL MINE ANGER BE ACCOMPLISHED,
AND I WILL CAUSE MY FURY TO REST UPON THEM, AND I WILL BE COMFORTED: AND
THEY SHALL KNOW THAT I THE LORD HAVE SPOKEN IT IN MY ZEAL, WHEN I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
MY FURY IN THEM.
[Ezekiel 5:14] MOREOVER I WILL MAKE THEE WASTE, AND A REPROACH AMONG THE
NATIONS THAT ARE ROUND ABOUT THEE, IN THE SIGHT OF ALL THAT PASS BY.
[Ezekiel 5:15] SO IT SHALL BE A REPROACH AND A TAUNT, AN INSTRUCTION AND
AN ASTONISHMENT UNTO THE NATIONS THAT ARE ROUND ABOUT THEE, WHEN I SHALL
EXECUTE JUDGMENTS IN THEE IN ANGER AND IN FURY AND IN FURIOUS REBUKES. I
THE LORD HAVE SPOKEN IT.
These predictions were fulfilled in the disasters that overcame the
inhabitants of Jerusalem. The question is what does the future hold? OK everyone
here (on this list) is a believer and probably lives a fairly
righteous existence. How can we better ourselves? How much obligation do
we have towards others? How can we help them? How can we help ourselves?
Where does the solution lie?
[Ezekiel 5:16] WHEN I SHALL SEND UPON THEM THE
EVIL ARROWS OF FAMINE, WHICH SHALL BE FOR THEIR DESTRUCTION, AND WHICH I
WILL SEND TO DESTROY YOU: AND I WILL INCREASE THE FAMINE UPON YOU, AND WILL
BREAK YOUR STAFF OF BREAD:
[Ezekiel 5:17] SO WILL I SEND UPON YOU FAMINE AND EVIL BEASTS, AND THEY
SHALL BEREAVE THEE: AND PESTILENCE AND BLOOD SHALL PASS THROUGH THEE; AND
I WILL BRING THE SWORD UPON THEE. I HE LORD HAVE SPOKEN IT.