“’I, the Lord, have spoken it; It shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not hold back, Nor will I spare, Nor will I relent; According to your ways And according to your deeds They will judge you,’ says the Lord” (Ezekiel 24:14).
After rendering a scathing rebuke of the Jews for their arrogance and rebellion, God has the prophet put His seal of assurance on the teaching in this verse: God assures them that everything will happen as He has pronounced and that He will most assuredly do what He says.
Through several colorful metaphors, Ezekiel has laid out what is going to happen to Jerusalem, the “bloody city,” that is, to the inhabitants therein. They cannot feel secure within her walls, and they cannot count on God’s mercy to back off from the destruction foretold.
The warning is profound, and the lesson obvious: God is loving and merciful, but He demands that His people follow His commands. As a supreme and perfect divine being, He cannot back down from what He has said if He is to remain perfectly righteous.
That same principle holds in the Christian Age as much as it did in the Patriarchal and Mosaic Ages. We are under the same directive to submit to His will as they were if we are to achieve the coveted goal of heaven as our eternal home.