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Title: Introduction to The Book of Ezekiel


1
Introduction to The Book of Ezekiel
  1. Background
  2. History
  3. Main Parts
  4. God Message in The Book

2
Background
  • Ezekiel The Strength of God
  • or One strengthened of God
  • Ezekiel and Daniel are the only writing prophets
    of the Old Testament who lived and prophesied any
    where but in the land of Israel, except we add
    Jonah, who was sent to Nineveh to prophesy.
    Ezekiel prophesied in the beginning of the
    captivity, Daniel in the latter end of it.
  • Used parables, symbolic behavior, object lessons
    to drive his message.

3
History
  • Was born about 623 AD to Boozy the Priest.
  • At age of 25 (598 AD) was captured to Babylon.
  • There the prophecies of this book were preached
    and written, while the prophet himself, and the
    people to whom he prophesied, were captives
    there.
  • He could not practice priesthood however his
    thoughts were about the temple and the sacrifice.
  • At the beginning, the temple was not destructed
    yet (587 AD) and the people thought that the
    captivity will not be for long and did not
    repent.
  • He was put to death by the captives in Babylon,
    for his faithfulness and boldness in reproving
    them.

4
History Cont.
  • Ezekiel lived and Influenced by
  • His father Boozy the priest.
  • Jeremiah the prophet and his prophecies.
  • Josiah the Good King and his revival of the
    temple and Gods commandments.
  • The fall of Nineveh, Jehoahaz Eliakim the bad
    kings, Egyptian Pharaohs, the captivity in
    Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the
    flourish of his kingdom, the destruction of the
    Temple, and the surrounding kingdoms.

5
Main Parts
  • The Judgment of Judah (Ch 4-24)
  • The commission of Ezekiel (Ch 1-3)
  • The Judgment of the Gentiles (Ch 25-32)
  • The restoration of Israel (Ch 33-39)
  • The New Temple (Ch 40-48)

6
The commission of Ezekiel (Ch 1-3)
  • The Vision of God in His Glory, encouragement
  • Ezekiel 28, 9 "But you, son of man, hear what I
    say to you. Do not be rebellious like that
    rebellious house open your mouth and eat what I
    give you."   Now when I looked, there was a hand
    stretched out to me and behold, a scroll of a
    book was in it.
  • Ezekiel 32, 4 So I opened my mouth, and He
    caused me to eat that scroll .. and it was in my
    mouth like honey in sweetness.
  • Ezekiel 3 17-19 "Son of man, I have made you a
    watchman for the house of Israel therefore hear
    a word from My mouth, and give them warning from
    Me "When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely
    die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to
    warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his
    life, that same wicked man shall die in his
    iniquity but his blood I will require at your
    hand. "Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does
    not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked
    way, he shall die in his iniquity but you have
    delivered your soul.

7
The Judgment of Judah (Ch 4-24)
  • Parables
  • 41-3 The clay tablet.
  • 44-8 Lie also on your left side, to the number
    of the days, three hundred and ninety days And
    when you have completed them, lie again on your
    right side.
  • 4 9-17 The bread of wheat, barley, beans,
    lentils, millet, and spelt. Your food shall be by
    weight and drink by measure.
  • 5 1-4 Shave your head and your beard then
    scales to weigh and divide the hair.

8
The Judgment of Judah Cont.
  • Messages of Judgment
  • 63, 4 'O mountains of Israel, Thus says the
    Lord GOD "Indeed I will bring a sword against
    you, and I will destroy your high places. "Then
    your altars shall be desolate, your incense
    altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your
    slain men before your idols.
  • 817,18 Is it a trivial thing to the house of
    Judah to commit the abominations which they
    commit here? For they have filled the land with
    violence then they have returned to provoke Me
    to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their
    nose.  "Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye
    will not spare nor will I have pity and though
    they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not
    hear them."

9
The Judgment of the Gentiles (Ch 25-32)
  • Israel was punished because of his sins, however
    God will punish the surrounding nations because
    they gloat over Jerusalem destruction.
  • Ammon, Moab, Edom Philistia, Tyre, and Sidon will
    be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 2915, 16 Egypt shall be a lowly kingdom, it
    shall never again exalt itself above the nations,
    for I will diminish them so that they will not
    rule over the nations anymore. No longer shall it
    be the confidence of the house of Israel, but
    will remind them of their iniquity when they
    turned to follow them. Then they shall know that
    I am the Lord GOD."

10
The restoration of Israel (Ch 33-39)
  • 3311 "Say to them 'As I live,' says the Lord
    GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the
    wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and
    live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why
    should you die, O house of Israel?
  • 3415 "I will feed My flock, and I will make
    them lie down," says the Lord GOD.   16 "I will
    seek what was lost and bring back what was driven
    away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was
    sick
  • 3925 " Therefore thus says the Lord GOD 'Now I
    will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have
    mercy on the whole house of Israel and I will be
    jealous for My holy name

11
The New Temple (Ch 40-48)
  • Visions of comfort and consolation
  • The reconstruction of the Temple.
  • The return of the glory of the Lord.
  • Regulations concerning worship.
  • The new land and city.

12
God Message in The Book
  • There is hope even in the house of bondage.
  • Though the reproofs and the threatening are very
    sharp and bold, yet towards the close of the book
    very comfortable assurances are given of great
    mercy God had in store.
  • 3622, 25,26 "Thus says the Lord GOD "I do not
    do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but
    for My holy name's sake "Then I will sprinkle
    clean water on you, and you shall be clean I
    will cleanse you from all your filthiness and
    from all your idols.   26 "I will give you a new
    heart and put a new spirit within you I will
    take the heart of stone out of your flesh and
    give you a heart of flesh.
  • The Role of the Servant, 317-19, 337-9
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