Part II Week 3 and 4
Ezekiel: The eagle eye prophet
Outline of Ezekiel:
Author: The Prophet Ezekiel is the author of the Book (). He was a contemporary of both Jeremiah and Daniel.
The Book of Ezekiel was likely written between 593 and 565 or 571 B.C. during the Babylonian captivity of the Jews.
Ezekiel ministered to his generation who were both exceedingly sinful and thoroughly hopeless. By means of his prophetic ministry he attempted to bring them to immediate repentance and to confidence in the distant future. He taught that: (1) God works through human messengers; (2) Even in defeat and despair God's people need to affirm God's sovereignty; (3) God's Word never fails; (4) God is present and can be worshiped anywhere; (5) People must obey God if they expect to receive blessings; and (6) God's Kingdom will come.
, "He said: 'Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, "This is what the Sovereign LORD says." And whether they listen or fail to listen - for they are a rebellious house - they will know that a prophet has been among them.'"
: "For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son - both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die."
, "'You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones."
, "Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'"
, "And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE."
Brief Summary: How can you cope with a world gone astray?
Ezekiel, destined to begin his life's ministry as a priest at age thirty, was uprooted from his homeland and marched off to Babylon at age of twenty-five. For five years he languished in despair. At age thirty a majestic vision of Yahweh's glory captivated his being in Babylon. The priest/prophet discovered God was not confined to the narrow strictures of Ezekiel's native land. Instead, He is a universal God who commands and controls persons and nations. In Babylon, God imparted to Ezekiel His Word for the people. His call experience transformed Ezekiel. He became avidly devoted to God's Word. He realized he had nothing personally to assist the captives in their bitter situation, but he was convinced God's Word spoke to their condition and could give them victory in it. Ezekiel used various methods to convey God's Word to his people. He used art in drawing a depiction of Jerusalem, symbolic actions and unusual conduct to secure attention. He cut his hair and beard to demonstrate what God would do to Jerusalem and its inhabitants.
Ezekiel's messages concentrate on four themes:
· Holiness: God's response to sin is predictable and consistent. Some Israelites, even in captivity, thought their lineage or heritage would stand them in good stead with God. But God said clearly, "The soul who sins shall die" (18:20). God judges sin not only corporately-as in the removal of His presence from the temple (10)-but individually.
· Visions: The quantity, creativity, and intensity of the visions throughout the Book of Ezekiel are equaled only by those of Daniel and the apostle John: fiery wheels (1). A valley of dry bones coming to life (37), a gigantic temple that fills the entire land (40-48), and the symbolic signs (4-5) are among the most notable.
· Judgment: God is not a passive God who steps back to let human affairs take their course. He stepped in to judge Judah (24:21), permitting the desecration of His own house (temple) (7:22; 24:21, 25, 26) and the captivity of His own people (5:12-17; 6:8-10). He judged leaders (11:1-15; 34:1-10) and nation (25-32; 38-39).
· Consolation: Ezekiel's prophecies are filled with promises of rebuilding and restoration: the nation (11:16-21; 20:33-44), David's throne (34:23, 24; 37:24-28). The covenant (36:25-28), the temple (40-43), and worship (44; 45:13-46:24).
Ezekiel's book can be divided into four sections:
Chapters 1-24: prophecies on the ruin of Jerusalem
Chapters 25-32: prophecies of God's judgment on nearby nations
Chapter 33: a last call for repentance to Israel
Chapters 34-48: prophecies concerning the future restoration of Israel
is the chapter wherein God denounces the leaders of Israel as false shepherds for their poor care of His people. Instead of caring for the sheep of Israel, they cared for themselves. They ate well, were well-clothed and well-cared for by the very people they had been placed over Ezekiel 34:1-3. By contrast, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep and who protects them from the wolves who would destroy the flock John 10:11-12. Verse 4 of chapter 34 describes people whom the shepherds failed to minister to as weak, sick, injured and lost. Jesus is the Great Physician who heals our spiritual wounds Isaiah 53:5 by His death on the cross. He is the one who seeks and saves that which is lost Luke 19:10.
The Book of Ezekiel calls us to join in a fresh and living encounter with the God of Abraham, Moses and the prophets. We must be overcomers or we will be overcome. Ezekiel challenged us to experience a life changing vision of God's power, knowledge, eternal presence and holiness; to let God direct us; to comprehend the depth of and commitment to evil that lodges in each human heart; to recognize that God holds His servants responsible for warning wicked men of their peril; to experience a living relationship with Jesus Christ, who said that the new covenant is to be found in His blood.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ezekiel was a young man, not an old man. He was married and had a house in his place of exile, and he lost his wife by a sudden and unforeseen stroke, date not sure. The last date mentioned in his prophecy is the twenty-seventh year of the captivity, so it is certain that his ministry lasted over twenty years. Tradition asserts that he was murdered in Babylon by some Hebrew prince whom he had convicted of idolatry, and was buried on the banks of the Euphrates. Ezekiel's prophecy is characterized by the frequency of visions and fantastic symbolical acts which were witnessed or performed by the prophet.
QUESTION: WEEK # 3
1. Who is called the watchman of Israel?
2. Who is the eagle eye prophet?
3. What did the Prophet Ezekiel teach his people during his time?
4. What are the key verses of the book of Ezekiel?
5. What was Lucifer's job in heaven?
6. In Ezekiel 38 who are the army and malice of Gog today?
7. Where is Israel located among these nations?
8. Is Gog a nation or a person?
9. These nations will invade Israel, what is the purpose?
10. True or False, was Ezekiel a priest?
11. Ezekiel's messages concentrate on four themes, briefly, what are they?
12. Ezekiel's book can be divided into four sections, what are they?
13. Explain the valley of dry bones, (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
14. What is the practical application of the book of Ezekiel?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I have sinned against You and need Your salvation. Please forgive me. I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead. I receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, fully trusting in the work He accomplished on the cross on my behalf. Thank You for saving me, accepting me, and adopting me into Your family. Guide my life and help me to do your will, and walk in close step with You, amen.
In your name, Amen:
Reading Assignment: Week # 3 Daniel 7-9 Monday-Wednesday-Friday