Commentary on
Ezekiel 6:1-5

Idolatrous Worship Denounced

6:1  And the word of Yehuveh came unto me, saying,
6:2  Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,
6:3  And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of Yehuveh Elohim; Thus saith Yehuveh Elohim to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.
6:4  And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
6:5  And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

Commentary on 6:1-2
[16 September 2007]: With identical language Ezekiel introduces chapter 36 [“Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of Yehuveh:”], making it quite clear that his prophecies “that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein” are written specifically to the land of Israel, not to the whole world. However, the prophecies of chapter 36 are in high contrast to this chapter, for here the total destruction is presented, there the total restoration. Ezekiel 12:19 [as also clearly predicted in Isaiah 24, Micah 1, Zephaniah 1].

Commentary on 6:3-5 [16 September 2007]: Like Zephaniah 1:2-3 [“I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith Yehuveh. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith Yehuveh.”] Yehuveh makes it quite clear that He Himself “maketh the earth [entry H0776: 'erets, the earth (at large, or partitively a land)] empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.” And with equal clarity, Yehuveh makes it clear that the children of Israel die for their idolatry. Isaiah 24:1.
        Long, long before Israel was established in their land, Yehuveh had told them,
“If ye will not for all this hearken unto Me, but walk contrary unto Me; then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. . . . And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and My soul shall abhor you.” Leviticus 26:27-30.
        What is the
idolatry here discussed? Deuteronomy 29:17 describes “their idols” as “their abominations, and their . . . wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them,” their wealth and possessions, their constructions and accomplishments, the items and accumulations on which they place a higher value than that which they place on Yehuveh Himself. Their idolatry has become identical to that of Babylon, for which it was destroyed: “thou hast praised the elohims [provisions, protections, judgments, wisdom, beauty] of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the Elohim in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.” The history of the nation of Israel testifies well to this reality. From 1946 when David Ben Gurion turned the 22nd Zionist Congress from the appeals of Chaim Weismann, Israel has been quite focused on fighting its own battles and accumulating its own wealth, but entirely determined to do it in its own manner without seeking Yehuveh’s ways. For this they must now suffer the loss of all things. Daniel 5:23 [4].

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:            
16 September 2007
Latest Update:                   16 September 2007

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