Read Ezekiel 13-16
When a nation is right for judgment, is utterly unfaithful it’s like a bag full of potatoes, and all of them are rotten. There’s maybe one good potato you pull it out but you toss the rest. Likewise, Noah, Job, and Daniel mediators who do God’s work wouldn’t be able to stop or intercede for what is coming. They wouldn’t even be able to save their own children.
Ezekiel is bringing us to the need for a better mediator. One like Jesus, who can save both you and your household. Acts 16:31
The Lord promises in all of this suffering, that when they see the results, they will understand.
“Yet there will be some survivors—sons and daughters who will be brought out of it. They will come to you, and when you see their conduct and their actions, you will be consoled regarding the disaster I have brought on Jerusalem—every disaster I have brought on it. You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign Lord.””
Ezekiel 14:22-23 NIV
Ezekiel goes on to describe the condition of Jerusalem. Allegories abound. Israel is a useless vine, or Jerusalem is an adulterous wife. If you really gave yourself to Ezekiel 16 it rips your heart out. A love story gone so south and so wrong. Awife that’s been cared for nurtured adorned, leaves her husband. And then we get to see how far the extent of her downfall. And then the Lord says in Ezekiel 16:60 yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.
Again, Ezekiel is leading us to our need for God to keep all ends of this covenant. And he will. All we need do is put on Christ.
Thou knowest the way to bring me back,
My fallen spirit to restore;
O for thy truth and mercy’s sake
Forgive, and bid me sin no more!
The ruins of my soul repair
And make my heart a house of prayer.Charles Wesley