In the previous post we considered the three-fold judgment covered body soul and spirit.’Three fold judgment covers body represented by hair, the spirit (wind) and soul(fire)”. We shall examine the aspect of fire further.
We have an incident in the life of Jesus when the Samaritans made little of receiving him and John and his brother responded in a manner that invited rebuke from their master. “And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of(Lk.9:54-55).
Spirit when was given as promised by Jesus after his Ascension it came as many tongues of fire. It is a sign of God’s judgment and it shall be as and when God determines. Fire in the present case was to be done before the other captives and the judgment of Jerusalem was what Ezekiel had to impress upon them. Elijah was a double for the Son and so was Ezekiel. In the following chapters we shall see from whence fire would come.
What were the charges?
“….For the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence./Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled./Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none./Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients(Ez.7:23-26)” Then as now. This is what sin does. Nothing does change but persons and circumstances. Recently was the news of a Jewish Orthodox extremist was convicted for Duma arson attack in West Bank.
We shall come across the living creatures again and while the glory of God presides over
“Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.
7 And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it, and went out.
8 And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man’s hand under their wings(10:6-8).
Angel of his presence represented by the man’s hand hands out the fire that shall engulf the rebellious house.. This is how the lock of hair reserved by Ezekiel would bring in. The prophet used the barber’s razor and the sword of the Lord shall surely validate the prophet’s action. Remember what Jesus told St Peter,
”Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven(Matt.18:18). God shall honor His servants whereas the prophets who preach to please man and receive his honor shall be put to shame in a very spectacular manner.
Ezekiel as the watchmen was a mediator between God and the nation of Israel. We shall study judgment of Jerusalem by and by.