What is the point of Ezekiel not mourning his wife?
God said to Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 24:16 (AMP)
16 “Son of man, listen carefully, I am about to take away from you the
desire of your eyes [your wife] with a single stroke. Yet you shall
not mourn and you shall not weep, and your tears shall not flow.
The scriptures do not tell us the reason for her death,perhaps she was unfaithful to Ezekiel. God commanded Ezekiel to sigh and groan in silence, and to avoid doing the unusual mourning rituals:
Ezekiel 24:17-19 (AMP)
17 "Sigh and groan in silence; do not mourn for the dead. Bind on your
turban and put your sandals on your feet, and do not cover your
mustache or eat the bread of [mourners furnished by other] men.”
18 "So I spoke to the people in the morning, and [a]in the evening my
wife died. And the next morning I did as I was commanded. 19 The
people said to me, “These things that you are doing—tell us, what do
they mean for us?”
At the time of making his prophecy Ezekiel was taken prisoner by the Babylonians and was prophesying to the Jews in exile , in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar.( Ezekiel 1:1-3.) The Israelites took great pride in the Temple build by Solomon ,and it was unthinkable on their part that God, would allow it to be looted and destroyed by the pagan Babylonians
God prophecises the profaning of the Temple.
Ezelkiel 24:20-25 (NASB)
20 "Then I said to them, “The word of the Lord came to me saying, 21
‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am
about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of
your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your
daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword."
Ezekiel is a sign to them,(a prophecy) they will not mourn the joy of their pride-the destruction of the Sanctuary.
22 "You will do as I have done; you will not cover your mustache and
you will not eat the bread of men. 23 Your turbans will be on your
heads and your shoes on your feet. You will not mourn and you will not
weep, but you will rot away in your iniquities and you will groan
[a]to one another."
24 "Thus Ezekiel will be a sign to you; according to all that he has
done you will do; when it comes, then you will know that I am the Lord
God.’”25 ‘As for you, son of man, will it not be on the day when I
take from them their stronghold, the joy of their [b]pride, the desire
of their eyes and [c]their heart’s delight, their sons and their
-Are there related texts where the people are told (or witnessed) not to mourn the loss of the temple?
Have not been able to find related texts where people are told not to mourn.
-Does Yahweh elsewhere depict himself profaning his own sanctuary like this?
A key word search "profane" on Bible Gateway , found that the psalmist Asaph prophecised the destruction of the sanctuary:
Psalm 74:7 (NASB)
" They have [a]burned Your sanctuary [b]to the ground; They have
defiled the dwelling place of Your name." (Also Psalm 79:1)
King Solomon also prophecies the destruction of the Sanctuary.
Lamentations 2:7 (NASB)
"The Lord has rejected His altar, He has abandoned His sanctuary; He
has delivered into the hand of the enemy The walls of her palaces.They
have made a noise in the house of the Lord .As in the day of an
appointed feast." (Also Lamentations 1:10)