Ezekiel 27:1-2 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,  Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;
Ezekiel 25:1-2 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,  Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;
Someone once said “because God cannot judge countries in the next world, He must judge them in this one”. Jeremiah and Ezekiel are filled with lamentations and prophecies against cities and countries for their wickedness, and God’s judgments upon them as the result. I then think of the city and country in which I live. God’s judgment cannot but come (though, I think it already has begun).
Through these books, there are two ways people were kept safe in the midst of judgment. First, were those who obeyed God’s commands. Whether it was to surrender, or to keep the keep God’s laws, or whatever it was, those who kept the commands were taken care of. The second way people were “marked” for sparing was if they sighed and cried for the abominations that were done in the midst. In the midst of a land ripe for judgment, my prayer is that I, and we as God’s people, would be people that follow His Word. But not only that – I pray that we’d be people who sigh and cry, and who have broken hearts over the things that break God’s heart. For that’s the heart He desires. That’s the type of person who He protected in these books.