Sin inevitably leads to judgment. What Jeremiah prophesied to the people of Judah, Ezekiel prophesied to the exiles in Babylon. Ezekiel knew that this judgment was imminent, and he also had words of judgment against the nations of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, and Tyre.
Unfortunately, sin also affects others. I do not imagine that many people liked Ezekiel. After all, he was going out warning people of their corruption and sinful ways. It must have been a great comfort to him knowing that at the end of each day, he had a wife to come home to who loved and cared for him. But then he receives word from God that as a sign to the people, his wife will be taken from him, AND, God commands Ezekiel to " "
This would be a really good scenario of a "why me Lord?" situation. Just going through this kind of loss would leave me lost (no pun intended) where everything would feel like it was turned upside down. But Ezekiel is able to handle this great loss and this great command by God. Ezekiel is able to be an example to the exiles for when they realize that their sacred temple in Jerusalem along with their relatives have been lost in the siege on Jerusalem.
Three points that I was reminded of from today's reading:
1. Sin leads to judgment
2. Sin affects everyone around us
3. When God calls us to fulfill His plan, He will equip us in ways that seem unimaginable
God reigns supreme as King of kings, and Lord of lords. All that happens is in his all powerful and loving hands.