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Milepost 67: Judgment of the Jews

Milepost 67: Judgment of the Jews

Primary References: Ezekiel 20:33-38, Luke 19:12-26

 

Jesus judges (pass under the rod) the Jews and purges the nation of all rebels and transgressors (idol worshippers). Similar to the servants' judgments in the kingdom of heaven parable of the nobleman and his three servants, this judgment focuses on works (actions) of those under judgment. Unlike the parable, Ezekiel focuses strictly on the punishment of wicked Jews without giving any insights into the rewards of the righteous remnant. At first glance, Ezekiel's punishments do not seem as severe as those in the parable; but Jesus has not gathered all the Jews from the four corners of the earth to allow them to live elsewhere - they can only live in the Holy Land. If Jesus prohibits them from entering the land of Israel, then by implication, they forfeit their lives. Since they are rebels, they can only suffer the unfaithful servant's plight, hell.

Ezekiel 20:40-44 shows the actions of the Jews surviving the judgments. These Jews serve Jesus, bring their sacrifices, and give their praises. Their remembrance of what they and their ancestors have done causes them great shame to the point that they despise themselves for their sins against Jesus. During this time, the Jews reflect and turn away from sin.