以西结书13章集中在一个主题 - 假先知。他们用他们自己的话误导神的百姓，其结果是他们“杀死不该死的人，救活不该活的人”（结13:19）。神描述这些假先知的三个类比值得我们深思。
Ezekiel 13 [Read]
Ezekiel 14 [Read]
Ezekiel 15 [Read]
Hebrews 11:20-40 [Read]
Ezekiel 13 focuses on one subject – false prophets. They misled God’s people with their words, and the consequence was that they “killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live” (Ezek 13:19). Three analogies God uses to describe these false prophets are worthy of our pondering.
First, they are like “jackals among ruins” (13:4). Jackals are scavengers of food, and their sole purpose for life is to survive. Therefore, the false prophets would do and say anything to gain their own profits, even in a city that was already in ruin. They had no intention to stand at the breaks in the wall or to repair it (13:5), for that would only hurt their own profits. They loved to see the house of God stay ruined, for that’s the best opportunity for them to gain.
Second, they are like workers who cover a flimsy wall with whitewash (13:10). A bare wall is easy to see all the defects and holes, so that the builder can mend to make it stronger. But the agenda for these false prophets was to gain as quickly as possible, and they had no intention to patch up the cracks and fix the holes. The easy way was to cover it up with whitewash, so it looked good from the outside. They proclaimed peace when there was no peace (13:10). As a result, when the storm came the wall simply fell down (13:11). A soothing message is usually not the best for God’s people.
Finally, they are like women prophets who dress for attraction. They sew magic charms on all their wrists and made veils of various length to ensnare people (13:18). In other words, they would put on whatever ornament needed to endanger people’s lives. They knew what people liked to hear, and they would gladly speak those things, like the magic charms and veils, to ensnare those troubled souls. This reminds me about the prosperity gospel of our generation, and their popularity is another great testimony of today’s reading.
The emphasis of today’s passage may be on the false prophets, but the warning also shows the importance of discernment among believers. The edifying words are usually harsh to the ears but good for the soul, and we need to learn to discern and receive them as God’s message. May the Lord grant us wisdom and spiritual power to discern his words.
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