“As a lasting reminder of how the wicked are brought down, Ezekiel writes a lament for two of Judah’s kings who were taken by Judah’s oppressors.  Their capture and exile are witness to Judah’s vulnerability to God’s judgment.”

Read:  Ezekiel 19

“God once again chastises Israel, citing their long history of rebellion and his repeated reluctance to bring ultimate punishment against them.  He reminds Israel that they continue to be as sinful as their fathers, but that the day is coming when God’s chosen ones will be an obedient and holy people.”

Read:  Ezekiel 20:1-44

“Because of Israel’s rebellion, judgment has already come against the northern tribes, and God’s vengeance is poised against Judah.  Ezekiel now sees the sword of judgment coming.  Perhaps the judgments keep coming for the simple reason that so far few people have believed their message.  As Ezekiel complains, they think he is simply bringing nice little parables — interesting sermons from which they drive entertainment.”

Read:  Ezekiel 20:45-49, 21, 22

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.