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Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
A NEW HEART PROMISED
The Spirit of God led the prophet to the East Gate of the Temple, where the Shekinah had settled, Eze_10:19. There He uttered the divine verdict on the priesthood. They had ridiculed Jeremiah’s letter to the captives, among whom Ezekiel lived, Jer_29:5; and had made merry at his comparison between the city and a caldron, Jer_1:13. It was to these scornful men that Ezekiel uttered the scathing denunciations of Eze_11:7-18. The sudden death of Pelatiah, the ringleader of the scorners, gave terrible emphasis to the prophet’s words. Ezekiel was told to look for his true kinsmen not among the doomed priesthood, but among his fellow-exiles whom they of Jerusalem despised. Spiritual ties must supersede natural ones, when the two clash. They might be far removed from the outer Temple, but God would be their asylum and sanctuary. What a sweet promise Eze_11:16 provides for those who are compelled to go far from home! They may always meet their dear ones in God. Note the inclusive promise of Eze_11:19 -unity, newness, and sensitiveness to the least touch of the divine nature.