The Holy City and the beautiful Temple have fallen.
We are in Ezekiel this week, watching as God's indignation and wrath spring to life in the amazing word pictures and object lessons of this creative prophet. Instead of the message of "Repent!" that we've spent so many weeks reading up to this point, Ezekiel brings us a message of lament over Judah's imminent judgment mixed with harsh condemnation of how she has squandered God's abundant grace time.
In 591 BC, five years before the fall of the Temple and yet well into Babylon's siege on Jerusalem, some of the leaders of Israel come to Ezekiel with the intent to inquire of the Lord for mercy - but it's far too late for that.