ezekiel chapter 14 and the new covenant

13 december 2010

Donovan Bramwell

the most important passage of scripture in all the bible is jeremiah 31:31-34, the prophecy and promise of the New Covenant. the second most important is ezekiel chapter 14.

ezekiel chapter 14 is singularly remarkable, in that it ruthlessly and brutally casts into doubt every other passage of scripture in the bible. bounced against jeremiah 31:31-34, this is what it says [my blunt paraphrase]:

thus saith the Lord: if the people come to me seeking light and truth, i will give them light and truth.

but if what they really want is bullshit, i will give them bullshit. it matters not whether their preference for bullshit is conscious or subconscious, bullshit is what they will certainly get. if their minds are clear enough that they can receive the bullshit they desire directly from me, then i will give them bullshit directly. however, if in seeking bullshit their minds conscious and subconscious are so full of junk that they cannot receive it directly from me, then they will certainly go to a prophet and seek my word from him. and when they do that, i will give the prophet the bullshit that they seek, and the prophet will impart the bullshit unto them.

and they will receive the bullshit joyfully, because bullshit is what they desire. and i will give them bullshit generously, piling it upon them until they wallow in it up to their chins. i will destroy those people in the bullshit they desired: i will destroy them together with the prophet who imparted it unto them.

and this i do, saith the Lord, because i love my people. i do not want them to go astray from me. but i cannot prevent them from doing it, if that is what they want. so i give them bullshit to wallow in up to their chins, in the hope that with the passing of time they will grow weary of the bullshit they once so earnestly desired, the smell of it loathsome unto them, and in weariness of bullshit repudiate it once and for all, forever.

and then, finally, no longer desiring bullshit, they will come to me directly, sincerely seeking the light and truth that i held in reserve for them from the beginning. in that day, saith the Lord, they will invoke my name and ask me directly for light and truth, and i will impart it unto them freely, unconditionally. and i will be their God, and they will be my people. and i the Lord will erase their sin from my memory.

this is a hard saying. who can hear it?

Donovan Bramwell ‎






About donovanbramwell

by way of religious persuasion, i am an anti-denominational / old-testament messianic / celtic / neo-gnostic christian mystic. by way of political persuasion, i am an environmentalist / anti-corporation / voluntarist-libertarian / natural-law anarchist.
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One Response to ezekiel chapter 14 and the new covenant

  1. the actual text of ezekiel chapter 14 says (verses 7 through 11):

    7. For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the Lord will answer him by myself:

    8. And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

    9. And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

    10. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;

    11.That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God.

    so you see all i have done is substituted “bullshit” for “idols . . . and . . . iniquity.” God himself will deceive the prophet and give the people, through the prophet, an answer that corresponds with the idols that they have set up in their hearts and the iniquity they have put as a stumbling block in front of their faces. he punishes the people and the prophet together.

    this means that any passage that you read in any book of scripture might be an instance of the prophet having been deceived by god in order to answer the people according to their idols and iniquity.

    in verse eleven god explains why he treats those people so brutally: he wants them to be his people, with him as their god. in this context, together with the context of jeremiah 31:31-34, joel 2:28-29, numbers 11:23-29, D&C 84:19-25, and D&C 1:19-20, it is abundantly evident, if you are reading with your eyes open, that it is god’s intention that all the people be prophets and prophetesses, that he speak directly to each person and bless them with dreams and visions and the ministering of angels and the hearing of his voice and the beholding of his face. but whenever the people settle for less, or insist on less (which they usually do), then they get, well, they get less.

    in numbers 11:29 moses makes perfectly clear his intention that all the people be prophets, as does D&C 84:23. but the people hardened their hearts (verse 24), so god gave them less (verses 25-27). “less” includes “the law of carnal commandments,” which god gave them “in his wrath” (verse 27) as punishment for rejecting the opportunity to stand in his presence and speak with him face to face. and of course, the “law of carnal commandments” is the stuff i call bullshit.

    but of course, inasmuch as god makes it plain in ezekeil 14 that there are circumstances under which he will deceive a prophet, every verse of scripture is suspect, including the ones that i have cited.

    i’m sure that you can find verses of scripture that say we should recognize and follow the teachings and leadership of some prophet or other. all such verses of scripture are suspect. which is to say, there is always the possibility that they are instances of god using a prophet to give the people the bullshit they desire. and inasmuch as god makes it abundantly clear in the verses that i have cited (and in other that i have not) that his highest desire is that each of us have our own direct prophetic connection with him, instead of following after some prophet or other, then we may safely conclude that any verse of scripture that says we should follow some prophet or other is bullshit.

    what is the solution to this terrible problem? god makes the answer plain: we must each of us become prophets and prophetesses and get our guidance directly from him. it is the only way.

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