This is about fearing God I suppose.
Ezekiel acts out the defeat and exile that the rest of Jerusalem will suffer, for the benefit of those already dragged away by Babylon.
They still don’t believe it’s possible. They have a saying that visions never come to pass, which he repudiates.
This vision of the destruction of Jerusalem will happen.
So fear the Lord.
We’ve already been given a spoiler of the people’s response. They don’t accept Ezekiel’s message from God. (sorry later chapters if they do).
It’s still true now that so many people appear to live their lives thinking that the gody stuff doesn’t matter.
I’m so deep in it, my temptation is get blase about what I already accept.
People sometimes persist in ignoring God even as things start to fall apart, like the exiles here… You’d think they might suspect god might keep his judgement promise.
Yes, this is serious, we only get one go at it.