God spoke to Ezekiel and Israel and told them that Babylon was laying siege to Jerusalem. The prophecy of destruction they had been warned about repeatedly was happening. He then gave them a parable about a pot of soup. It probably brought to mind Jeremiah’s prophecy about the same event from to mind (The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.” Jeremiah 1:13).
Verses 3-5 read,
“And utter a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord God:
“Set on the pot, set it on;
pour in water also;
4 put in it the pieces of meat,
all the good pieces, the thigh and the shoulder;
fill it with choice bones.
5 Take the choicest one of the flock;
pile the logs under it;
boil it well;
seethe also its bones in it.”
That soup sounds delicious at first. But then the choicest one of the flock is added to the recipe, not just the marrow bones and the good pieces of meat, but the entire animal, bones, blood, organs, prime meat, and inferior meat. What would have been excellent has been tainted and is unclean. Verses 6-7 continue the parable.
“Therefore thus says the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose corrosion is in it, and whose corrosion has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, without making any choice.7 For the blood she has shed is in her midst; she put it on the bare rock; she did not pour it out on the ground to cover it with dust.”
Jerusalem represented by the pot, and the people in it represented by the meat in the soup would not and could not escape their fate.
The Lord continues in verses 10-12,
“Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil the meat well, mix in the spices, and let the bones be burned up. 11 Then set it empty upon the coals, that it may become hot, and its copper may burn, that its uncleanness may be melted in it, its corrosion consumed.12 She has wearied herself with toil; its abundant corrosion does not go out of it. Into the fire with its corrosion!”
The corrosion of the fire on the pot makes its contents inedible, the fire and the dust of the ground make the meat removed unpalatable. The entire pot of soup became useless and needed to be wasted. The people of Jerusalem had become so defiled that they were past the point of fixing. Once copper has contaminated food, it is ruined.
Verses 13-14 read,
“On account of your unclean lewdness, because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your uncleanness, you shall not be cleansed anymore till I have satisfied my fury upon you. 14 I am the Lord. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God.”
No priest, false god, nor idol could fix the problems in Israel. Only the LORD God, The Holy One of Israel could cleanse them. He had given them multiple chances to turn to Him, but they had flouted every opportunity. So He let them have their way. He let the defilement they had chosen be what destroyed them as Nebuchadnezzar came and laid waste to Jerusalem.
Only God can clean the unclean, forgive our iniquity, and make us whole. No self-help program can heal our wounds. No philosophy can cleanse us from sin. They may seem to help a little. They may put a salve on the pain, or temporary stitches in the wound, but they just cover up they do not heal. Only the Lord can forgive us, heal us, and make us clean. Jesus does for us what no amount of positive thinking or unity with the universe can do. It doesn’t take twelve steps to be whole. It doesn’t take charms, or rituals. It is as simple as 1 John 1:5-10 says it is.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Israel could have conceded their sinfulness to the Lord, He already knew about it, just like He knew about ours. But they chose to continue walking in the dark, practicing idolatry, and hiding their evil.
Have you admitted your sinfulness to yourself and to God? Have you realized your need of forgiveness and asked Jesus to cover you with His blood and make you righteous? That is all it takes. There is nothing more than admitting your sin asking Jesus to be your Lord. He cleans it all away and when your Father in Heaven looks at you, He doesn’t see a defiled sinful person, He see the righteousness of Christ. He sees His beloved child.
You can turn to all the self-help books and religions of the world to try and improve yourself. You can become one with the universe and expand your consciousness but that won’t restore your relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Or you can become one with The Creator through Jesus Christ and be sealed by the Holy Spirit and restored to the Father by accepting the gift of salvation.