19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts
The land is burned up,
And the people shall be as fuel for the fire;
No man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall snatch on the right hand
And be hungry;
He shall devour on the left hand
And not be satisfied;
Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;
Together they shall be against Judah.
Because Israel pretended that God was not on the throne, He sent the armies of the Gentiles to persecute His people. The horrifying part of the punishment, however, is not that Israel will be overrun by her enemies (although that would be traumatizing to any Israelite) but that the danger will turn God’s people into cannibals. They would like to survive without the One who gives life, so they end up destroying themselves.
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Jesus offers His body as food for us. The persecution is over. We cannibalize Christ so that we don’t have eat each other.