Ezekiel 19

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A lament was a common and distinctive form of song, frequently sung at a funeral, extolling the virtues of the departed and grieving the tragic circumstances surrounding the person’s death.
To conduct a “funeral service” for a still-living patient may not always be considered in the best of taste,² but it is an effective way of communicating the certainty with which a death is anticipated! This certainty is particularly striking following on from , where the wicked man has been summoned to turn and live.
Ezekiel’s lament is made up of two distinct images: a lioness and her cubs, and a vine and its branches. At first sight, these images seem distinct and unconnected. However, both were familiar images for the royal tribe of Judah, and the images are brought together, albeit in a different way, in Jacob’s blessing of a ruler who would come from the tribe of Judah ()
Introduction —
Weird Al Yankovic --
Gangstas Paradise = Amish Paradise
Blurred Lines - Word Crimes.
Smells Like Nirvana — Smells Like Teen Spirit
Lola - Yoda
Trans — God is using biting sarcasm here in two ways:
1) He tells Ezekiel to construct a dirge and then Ezekiel writes one that follows the form but not the substance. Instead of the normal material he puts lions and vines in it.
2) He is singing a dirge about someone who isn’t dead.
Genesis 49:8–12 ESV
“Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
Numbers 23:24 ESV
Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down until it has devoured the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.”
2) He is singing a dirge about someone who isn’t dead.
Egypt — Jehoahaz
Babylon — Jehoiakim / Zedekiah.
What is God saying through this biting irony?
Hoping in God while being disobedient show presumption, not faith

Hoping in God while trusting in lesser things brings God’s anger.

1) Cultural Christianity —
God's verdict on false religion is not "it's better than nothing" but "I hate your feasts" () and "I will spit you out" ().
Cultural Christianity is worse than no Christianity at all, if there is Judgment Day.
2) Family Heritage —
Hoping in God while being disobedient shows presumption, not faith.
3) Connection to Good Institutions —
Only personal commitment and faith matter. God would have sustained the kingdom had they trusted in him.

Hoping in God while being disobedient shows presumption, not faith.

Hoping in God and trusting in his ultimate Lion/Vine is the way to blessing.

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne ha scroll written within and on the back, isealed with seven seals. And jI saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, kthe Lion lof the tribe of Judah, mthe Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
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j [ch. 10:1; 18:21]
m ch. 22:16; , ;
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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