Q. Here I am still studying Ezekiel and he mentions the curious combination of Noah, Daniel, and Job. What is the purpose of this combination? Thanks again for your continued help in my studies.
A. You’re referring to Ezekiel 14 where the context is the coming judgment against the southern Kingdom, which was inescapable. In Ezekiel 14:14 and Ezekiel 14:20 God used Noah, Daniel, and Job as examples of people who could save themselves by their righteousness but who could not save the nation or even their own sons and daughters. Once God had determined to bring judgment against the nation, nothing could stop Him, not even the presence of people as righteous as these three among them.
The overarching principle here is that God will not judge the righteous with the wicked (Genesis 18:25, 2 Peter 2:4-9), but the righteous can only save themselves. Their presence among the wicked cannot prevent God’s judgment.
This is why the Church cannot be present for the end times judgments. We have a righteousness from God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3:21-22) and cannot be judged with the wicked.