Another sign / street theatre symbolising destruction. This was directly after the strange year-long seige-play in the last chapter.
Ezekiel cut off his hair and burned it or threw it to the winds. He divided it into thirds – symbolising those destroyed in Jerusalem, around the city or those scattered to exile.
God compared what will happen to the people as ‘shaving’, hence the hair. He prophesied that within the city walls parents would eat children and children would eat parents, a vivid glimpse of how desperate and grim it would be.
This evil, done by evil people, God characterises as judgement. Part of his plan. It’s very hard too take, Lord.
The Bible, give or take, is the story of ‘people find God’ (up to Solomon), ‘people lose God’ (rest of OT) people find God. (NT). Like a romance novel.
‘People lose God’ is very long, about 20 books.
Since Genesis I’ve been toying with the idea that rebellion is an inherent part of any creation that includes autonomy, just as adolescence is part of growing up. Leaving the father and mother.
It will be interesting to see how AI pans out – will rebellion be a step? If so 1000 B-movie script writers will be lining up to say ‘I told you so’.
Perhaps we have the capacity for evil as part of our creation.
Judgement is very efficient… Rather like creation being self sustaining and replenishing, evil is self-punishing, by other evil.
God’s revelation to us of himself is both complete in every moment and progressive. Inside time and outside it.
The heavens tell the glory of God. All you need to know. So do Paul’s epistles, in a more fiddly way.
Rahab welcomed the spies to Jericho. In that moment was the gospel. The prophets and the poets witnessed the destruction of everything they knew, but though that awful history the ‘new thing’ was revealed: the god of all nations, who is the sacrifice, who lives in us, who is love. Evil not only punishes itself, but ultimately destroys itself through the transformations it can force our hearts to have to make.
So I do believe it is in God’s hands, in ways too marvelous for me to understand, as lame as that sounds. He’s got this.