6 “Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief. 7 And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.’ It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Here we are in chapter twenty-one with the title “Babylon as God’s Sword of Judgment” which is appropriate from the two verses above as well as the initial five verses with Benson Commentary in the brackets:
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary. [Here God directs the prophet to declare in plain language, what he had ordered him to speak allegorically, from the 46th to the 48th verses of the foregoing chapter.] Prophesy against the land of Israel 3 and say to her [The prophet’s face being turned toward Judea and Jerusalem, he addresses them as if they were present before him.]: ‘This is what the Lord says: I am against you [Because of thy sins; I hate thy practices, and will punish thee for them]. I will draw My sword [The calamities of Judea were chiefly to arise from the sword of the king of Babylon] from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked [I will take away from thee the righteous by sending them into captivity; and the wicked by destroying them, either by the sword, or famine, or pestilence.]. 4 Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, My sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north. 5 Then all people will know that I the Lord have drawn My sword from its sheath; it will not return again [My sword shall go forth against all flesh — Against all the Jews that dwell in the land. It shall not return any more — That is, into its sheath, till it hath executed all my purposes.].’
Clearly judgment is coming and it will be very painful. Painful enough to create in everyone a broken heart and bitter grief and that is before the prophecies come to be in full. Enough though had already happened to make clear Ezekiel’s prophecies were indeed coming from God, thus Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine with the knowledge of what is coming from Ezekiel’s words from God. Later in verse fifteen
So that hearts may melt with fear and the fallen be many,
I have stationed the sword for slaughter at all their gates.
Thus to the end of this chapter the hearts of those who remain will not be able to keep their courage knowing the judgment God has set against those who remain to be put to death by the enemy’s sword. All is meant to be an incredible lesson to those already in exile about what happens to those who remain in rebellion against God. Rebellion against God as usual results in separation from God and in death when there is no repentance and a change in the way one lives.
Accepting Christ as one’s Lord and Savior ends one’s rebellion against God
He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 4:25-5:1
It’s Monday, have a Great Week; remembering Christ made it possible for our rebellion against God to end.