Lamentations 5, Ezekiel 1-2
Lamentations Chapter 5
"5:16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!" (Lamentations 5:16 KJV) was, at last, an admission of sin by the people of Judah, albeit spoken for them by Jeremiah. It was by then too late to save their destroyed capital city and kingdom, but it was at least a hard-hearted beginning of an awareness that obedience to The Lord is the only way to have secure peace and goodness of life. Everything else is, literally, a dead end (see Choose Life!).
"5:1 Remember, O LORD [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD], what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
5:4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. 5:5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. 5:6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. 5:8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.
5:9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.
5:10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. 5:11 They [i.e. the Babylonians] ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah [i.e. The Southern Kingdom]. 5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured. 5:13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music. 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
5:16 The crown [see Israelite Dynasties] is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! 5:17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim. 5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. 5:19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne [see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah] from generation to generation. 5:20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
5:22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us." (Lamentations 5:1-22 KJV)
Ezekiel Chapter 1
Ezekiel The Prophet was given some of the most graphic of the prophecies, several of which were reiterated by the apostle John in the Apocalypse book of "Revelation," although John was not merely repeating Ezekiel's work. John, like Ezekiel, was given the information from Christ i.e. "1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" (Revelation 1:1 KJV). Ezekiel was taken away to Babylon in the earlier segment of the exile of Judah, around the same time as the prophet Daniel: "1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity" (Ezekiel 1:2 KJV).
Ezekiel's book begins with his sighting of the "living creatures" (see Cherubim) and "the likeness of the glory of the LORD" (keep in mind that Christ said that no man has seen The Father - see The God Of The Old Testament and The Ancient of Days).
"1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month [see Bible Calendar and Bible Months] , in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,
1:3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans [see Chaldea] by the river Chebar [in the The Tigris-Euphrates Valley]; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.
1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward [see also The Dawn Of Flight].
1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.
1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning [see also Lightening, Not Lightning]. 1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 1:17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. 1:18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.
1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 1:20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. 1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
1:22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 1:23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.
1:25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about.
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake." (Ezekiel 1:1-28 KJV)
Ezekiel Chapter 2
Ezekiel's commission was stated plainly: "2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD" (Ezekiel 2:3-4 KJV). The purpose was not merely an "I told you so" rebuke; it was to extend the lesson that if they now still did not repent, their national return would be in jeopardy.
"2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.
2:2 And the spirit entered into me [see The Spirit Of God] when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.
2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel [see When Israel Became 'Israel' and 'Judah'] , to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, for they are a rebellious house, yet shall know that there hath been a prophet [see Prophets] among them. 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.
2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe." (Ezekiel 2:1-10 KJV)
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