Jerusalem Below is to be destroyed – and it was. Solomon’s heir Zedekiah (verses 25-27) is to lose the kingship. The kingship is to depart until he comes to whom it rightfully belongs 21:27. At Jesus’ baptism, John the Baptist anoints Jesus King and Priest! (Baptism is by pouring or sprinkling on the head – anointing!)
* God Above, please mark us as a people faithful to You, reflecting Your steadfast love and faithfulness to us.
“Son of man, set your face toward the southland;”
“Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuaries.”
“As for you, son of man, groan;”
“Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord, say:”
“As for you, son of man, prophesy.”
“As for you, son of man, mark two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come.”
“And you, son of man, prophesy, and say,”
God continues to call Ezekiel “son of man”.
Eight times in this passage alone.
What does it mean for us?
We know that Jesus called Himself the “Son of Man”.
See Matthew 8:20, 9:6, 11:19, 16:13, 20:28, 24:27.
Jesus is the PRIME of Mankind. Paul says in Colossians 1,
“He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
So what does this passage have for us today?
Why does God refer to Ezekiel as “son of man”?
Man is frail. That is us. We are sons and daughters of man, broken and dead in our sin.
Jesus is perfect. He is before all things, in Him all things hold together. He is the energy by which creation came into being, and He is the energy by which creation is sustained today.
Jesus is THE Son of Man.
We are _a_ son/daughter of man. One of many.
We are to be LIKE our King, to imitate Him, to follow Him.
He is our model, our pattern, our hope and our light.
* Father God,
Thank You for Jesus. The beginning and the end, the firstborn from the dead.
Thank You that He is the pattern that we can imitate. He walked obediently under Your Will so that we could walk in the same way!