Day 244

Ezekiel 9-12

villainChapter 9

It’s no surprise that Yahweh isn’t happy with all that sinning in the last chapter. Bring on the executioners! Six ‘hit men’ appear, accompanied by a scribe who will tag those who are exempted from the death sentence (expressing disapproval of idol-worship is apparently the ticket to getting off). Then god instructs the six hit men to “kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all—old and young, girls and women and little children.” Well, that’s pretty clear! Just like an evil movie villain, Yahweh states that he will “not spare them or have any pity on them. [He] will fully repay them for all they have done.” (v 10)

Ezekiel 10

There’s a wheel in a wheel, and both the cherubim and the wheels are covered with eyes, and each cherubim has four faces, and when they lift their wings to fly, the wheels stay beside them… Don’t tell me this makes no sense! It’s in the bible, and the bible is the infallible word of an omniscient god. (Just sayin’.)

Ezekiel 11Chapter 11

The Ghost of Christmas Past lifts Zeke up and whisks him away to view another scene – oops! wrong fantasy novel again. In this story, the spirit of god whisks him away to the temple to view the sinners. The usual rant follows (v 5-12)… After ranting, Yahweh again promises to bring the remaining scattered Jews back to Jerusalem after the exile (v 14-20). Some phrases in v 19 have become part of our language – “I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh”. How sweet – I managed to find one quotable verse to cherry-pick. Bet I can find a meme with this quoted in it. And… I WIN! In fact, there were a few to choose from. But this is so warm and fuzzy, I couldn’t resist it.

Chapter 12

Verses 1-20 describe an elaborate charade that god directs Ezekiel to perform in order to demonstrate to the Jews what their lives will be like when they are forced into exile. What kind of omnipotent god would need to go through all that rigmarole? And what kind of omniscient god would bother, knowing full well that it will be ineffective anyway?

Verses 12-13 are blatantly incorrect, according to what we have already read in 2 Kings 25: 5-6 (unless the word ‘net’ is metaphorical and represents the Babylonian army – but is Yahweh subtle enough to use a metaphor like that?). Next, the lord quotes an old proverb – “The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth” (v 22, KJV). Except – I searched, and there is no such or similar verse in the Book of Proverbs or anywhere else in the bible. If it’s such a well-known saying, how come was it was omitted?

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