Read Ezekiel 24 today.

This chapter continues the prophesy against Jerusalem. The destruction of Jerusalem will come because of the idolatry and other sinfulness of that city. It is referred to as ‘the city of murderers.’ The corruption had become so ingrained in the culture of the city, that it could not be purged, it could be be cleaned out. At that point, the only response was to destroy the container as well as the contents. Breaking the cycle of sinfulness was imperative.
We do not like this kind of message. We prefer the message that someone or some group is basically good, but is merely having a bad day. We do not like to consider the possibility of someone hardening their heart so much they are no longer capable of turning to God. This chapter jolts us back to that possibility.
The easy response to this message is to be repulsed and to argue about whether or not God ought to be like this. In my opinion, such a response misses the mark. A better response is to examine ourselves and our hearts. Are there places of of corruption and sinfulness in us that need some attention before they become so ingrained they cannot be removed? May we seek God’s help to pay attention to those areas of our lives now, while we can so.
Ezekiel 24:9-13 NLT
“This is what the Sovereign LORD says: What sorrow awaits Jerusalem, the city of murderers! I myself will pile up the fuel beneath her. [10] Yes, heap on the wood! Let the fire roar to make the pot boil. Cook the meat with many spices, and afterward burn the bones. [11] Now set the empty pot on the coals. Heat it red hot! Burn away the filth and corruption. [12] But it’s hopeless; the corruption can’t be cleaned out. So throw it into the fire. [13] Your impurity is your lewdness and the corruption of your idolatry. I tried to cleanse you, but you refused. So now you will remain in your filth until my fury against you has been satisfied.