Today’s passage is Ezekiel 11:1-13. Let’s go!
Ezekiel 11:1-4 (NIV)
1 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance to the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.
2 The LORD said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.
3 They say, ‘Will it not soon be time to build houses? This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat.’
4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”
On verses 1-4: What do Jaazaniah, Pelatiah and these other 23 men mean when they say, “This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat” (v3)? This is them bragging that they believe they are safe and secure within the walls of Jerusalem, like meat safely kept in a pot. Despite the fact that the people of Judah have already suffered attacks, invasions and deportations at the hand of the Babylonians, these 25 leaders in Jerusalem scoff at the idea that a foreign enemy would take them down again. Rather they believe it will soon be time for them to look at building houses and making long term investments in Jerusalem. As we will see, theirs was a false sense of security.