This chapter is similar to chapter seventeen as far as the church rebelling against the government. The government was restricting their freedom and holding them down so that they would never rise. Their rebellion resulted in the death of the leaders and the scattering of those participating in the uprising. If the church of today used the pulpit to preach rebellion against the internal government, it would have similar results. The leaders would be put down to never be heard of again. We all know how social media is about “hate” speech, threats of violence, and the like. That same attitude is found within the congregations of the churches around the world. The internal government, along with their human robots (those who live by the mark of the beast), would not tolerate it. The church during Ezekiel’s time was confronting a fierce and far-reaching government, similar to the international community of today. God expects us to live by the Spirit of Jesus Christ and not to give in to the spirit of rebellion.
The upcoming leaders of the church were raised by a lioness who laid with the lions. The church was joined to alliances that were actively involved in rebelling against the government. They had some success with two of the church’s rebel leaders. Both were able to rip apart their prey and to become man-eaters. One was able to break down strong-holds and to devastate the cities and terror was sent throughout the land. The government heard about it, set a trap, and hauled them both away to be never heard of again. One was taken to one city and the other taken to another city. Rebellion is not God’s way, and neither is living by the mark of the beast. God wants us to live with human decency through the Spirit of Jesus Christ. The battle belongs to God and the victory comes through Jesus Christ. Our home is the New Jerusalem. See Ezekiel 19:1-9
We have to hold to the testimony of Jesus Christ and to keep in mind the ancestors of Christianity. Chapter eleven of Hebrews gives an excellent snapshot of the church’s founding fathers. We have to maintain roots in the Word of God and to always remember the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we want to be those people planted by the water, to be fruitful and full of branches. But, in our captivity it’s more like living in a terrarium with stagnant growth. Rebellion is not the answer but carrying our cross daily and choosing Jesus Christ over the mark of the beast is. The following verses describe what the church was at one time and what it is today,
“‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water. Its branches were strong, fit for a ruler’s scepter. It towered high above the thick foliage, conspicuous for its height and for its many branches. But it was uprooted in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered, and fire consumed them. Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land. Fire spread from one of its main branches and consumed its fruit. No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler’s scepter.’” Ezekiel 19:10-14
“This is a lament and is to be used as a lament.”