Ezekiel 12-24

A curious facet of Ezekiel’s ministry is that he prophesied so much about Jerusalem to those who had already been taken from Jerusalem, exiled to Babylon.  Why would God have the prophet speak words—and perform symbolic acts—that seem to have little application to his immediate audience?  It may be that … Continue reading

Ezekiel 40-48

The final chapters of Ezekiel offer a final word of hope to the exiles and cohere the Old and New Testaments, forming a bridge between the book of Exodus and the visions given to the apostle John in the Revelation.  Here Ezekiel expounded Moses’ Sinaiatic instructions for the new situation … Continue reading

Ezekiel 33-39

Ezekiel called the exiles to acknowledge that—just as God was the cause of their captivity—He was also the hope of their restoration.  Ezekiel 33-48 sounds this theme.  The word of the prophet, and his role as a watchman, was confirmed when the exiles were informed that Jerusalem had fallen (2 … Continue reading

Ezekiel 25-32

Ezekiel was serious about warning, and encouraging, the exiles in the land of the Chaldeans.  These were folks who had received the grace of God in a special way; their friends and family who remained in Jerusalem would be consumed by God’s wrath.  The exiles were thus to fear the … Continue reading

Ezekiel 6-11

Ezekiel’s work as a prophet was difficult because of the horrifying visions he received and proclaimed concerning the destruction of Jerusalem.  Concomitant with these catastrophic announcements were the episodes where the prophet was forced to endure visions of the LORD’s glory exiting the place He had chosen as His dwelling. … Continue reading

Ezekiel 1-5

Ezekiel was born in Judah during the great days of King Josiah’s reign (2 Kgs 21.26-23.30).  The prophet was from a priestly family and was exiled at about the age when he could have begun to officially serve in the temple, perhaps explaining his emphasis on holiness, morality, temple activities, … Continue reading