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The Day His Beloved Died


586 BC.

The year most Jews will remember.

The year the Temple in Jerusalem fell into the captivity of the Babylonians.

It was one of the most touching moments in history.

The year that God had to turn His face away from His beloved city.

It was also the year that a prophet named "God will strengthen" lost "the desire of his eyes" - his wife, the flesh of his flesh and the bone of his bones.

He was foretold of her death. In the morning, she was taken ill, and in the evening, she died.

The messenger had to bear the message and became the message itself.

The timing of the death of Ezekiel’s wife coincided with the fall of Jerusalem! Ezekiel was instructed by God not to mourn, not to weep nor to let tears run down (Ezekiel 24:15-22).

It seemed to portray the harshness and hardness of God. But looking beyond, Ezekiel's sadness at the death of his wife was not able to match the grief of God at the fall of His beloved Jerusalem. As Ezekiel was commanded not to grieve, God was preparing Himself not to weep, nor mourn for the death of His beloved.

All the angels in heaven must be holding back their tears that day, not weeping nor mourning. Heaven was silenced. That must be one of the saddest moments in time.

Throughout the years, believers in God have suffered for their faith, but in all the sufferings, we know we are not alone. God is suffering too. He wept. He was grieved beyond words. His heart is broken over sin. He knew what we are going through. He has been there.

The price God paid for His love towards us is the road down Via Dolorosa and up to Mount Calvary. Every step and every pain bearing His name and His love.

In times when you doubt His love for you, remember Ezekiel's wife.


Additional Thought:
About 1970 years ago, (2003-33= 1970), Jesus died. God turned His face away as His Son took on the sins of the whole world.

But He was raised on the third day. He foretold this to His disciples.

From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. (Matthew 16:21, NKJV)

In 2 Peter 3:8, we are not to forget "this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (NKJV)

If counting from 33 AD, we are about 30 years to the "third day". If counting from 586 BC, we are (586 + 2003)= 2589 years, already about 59% in the third day.

Jesus is still coming for His beloved. Jerusalem will be resurrected like the valley of dry bones.

I read somewhere that the wife of Ezekiel is called Chavah, meaning "first woman", the same name as Eve. If Jesus is the last Adam, could His beloved, the new Jerusalem, be the last Eve?

And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
(1 Cor 15:45, NKJV)

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Rev 21:2, NKJV)