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Ezekiel 13

Eze 13:2

Vv 2,3: The false prophets were convincing --- hence the need for true prophets to warn against them. We must beware, as the false prophets are still equally convincing: 2Pe 2:1-3.

Eze 13:3

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves" (Mat 7:15).

Eze 13:4

JACKALS AMONG THE RUINS: "What they are building-- if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!" (Neh 4:3) -- spoken of the walls of Jerusalem, being rebuilt.

Eze 13:6

// Deu 18:10. Jeremiah was also beset by false prophets: Jer 28:1-3; 14:15; 23:16,17.

It is easy to look around the whole Christian movement in the earth and see that there are false prophets -- teaching for doctrines those things which the people want to hear -- and in our hearts perhaps judge them for it. It is important to be absolutely sure we are not doing this ourselves. All beliefs and practices must be looked at again and again in the light of the requirements which God puts forward, that we might find ourselves in tune with His will and purpose in all ways.

Eze 13:10

"Disobedience after the flood brought 'confusion of tongues' as a punishment. So long as groups of men speaking a common tongue could live out their own life without much contact with other groups, the full effect of this calamity was not felt. But in these last days, when there has been a comparative annihilation of distance, and when an event in any part of the world may have immediate devastating consequences for all the world, we are experiencing in full measure the effects of that which happened at Babel. If God compared the peace efforts of Israel's leaders at the time of the overthrow of the kingdom to a ramshackle wall, daubed with untempered mortar, to what can the efforts of the leaders today be compared when they try to construct a world out of the discordant elements of every nation?" (CHeb 68).

A FLIMSY WALL: "A slight wall" (AV mg): a mere partition.

WHITEWASH: The AV translates here: "untempered mortar", whereas more modern scholars suggest "whitewash". The second of these is more likely correct, being supported by the references -- in the New Testament -- to "whitewashed tombs" in Mat 23:27 and "whitewashed wall" in Acts 23:3. Nevertheless, either translation presents the same basic point: the putting of a "good face" on what is a flimsy structure. This the "prophets" of Judah did!

Eze 13:14

"A calamity this of very frequent occurrence. I have known many such during my residence in this land, and this whole passage is so graphic and true to experience, that the prophet, beyond a doubt, drew the picture from scenes with which he was personally familiar. This [village] which we are approaching is a striking specimen of walls built and daubed with such mortar, and not a few of the houses threaten to crush their inhabitants beneath their ruins" (LB 391).


AND WILL LEVEL IT TO THE GROUND SO THAT ITS FOUNDATION WILL BE LAID BARE: "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock" (Mat 7:24,25).

Eze 13:15


Eze 13:16

VISIONS OF PEACE: Such messages would be appealing to human nature, and therefore the false prophets would be esteemed by the people. The desire to be popular should never detract from the message of the gospel. In fact, we ought to expect that the message that we preach will be unpalatable -- it was in the days of Jesus and the apostles.

Eze 13:17

The counterpart of the true, the prophetesses of the LORD: Miriam (Exo 15:20); Deborah (Jdg 4:4); Huldah (2Ki 22:14); Hannah; Sarah; Anna; Mary; Isaiah's wife.

Eze 13:18

The people who were thus deceived were pictured as birds: flighty, foolish, and about to fly away (into captivity).

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