INTRODUCTION TO EZEKIEL

Simple Outline:

a. Doom – reason for captivity – (1:1-24:27)

b. Hope – restoration assured – (25:1-48:35)

Expanded Outline:

a. The call of Ezekiel (ch. 1-3)

b. The preaching to the exiles (ch. 4-24)

c. Attention to various nations about what God is going to do (ch. 25-32)

d. God’s intentions to restore Israel (ch. 33-37)

e. God and may God (ch. 38-39)

f. Vision of God with His people (ch. 40-48)

Themes:

1. Holiness (uniqueness) of God – the foundation

2. Sinfulness of Israel

3. God will not tolerate sin – will punish

4. Individual Responsibility

5. God will restore

Who was Ezekiel:

1. Means: Ezekiel = God Ezekiel = Strength (God strengthens)

a. 34:16 “strengthens the sick” – builds up the weak

2. He was a priest (1:3) – unique from other prophets

3. He was in exile (vs. 1-3)

4. He was God’s spokesman for 22 years, from age 30-52 (in captivity at 25, called by God at 30)

5. He was one of the most striking characters in Israel’s history. (very powerful – influential)

6. He was influenced by the preaching of Jeremiah. He also knew Daniel (14:14, ,20). A lot of similarities to Jeremiah’s writings – both address proverbs

7. Ezekiel has been called, “neurotic, a victim of hysteria, a psychopath, paranoid schizophrenic (like laying on 1 side for 390 days and the other side for 40 days)

Characteristics of Ezekiel:

1. Convicted of God’s hand upon him

2. Deep and thoughtful – one who meditated; everything had meaning

3. Harsh and blunt in condemnation of sin – in word and action

4. Fearlessly determined. Hard headed to deal with hard headed people

5. A strict moralist – zealous for righteousness – never ate unclean food

6. Uncompromising (and unpopular) – provided what they did not want to hear

7. Sympathetic towards his people in captivity – he still loved them – did not share in sinful nature

Some key words:

Blood – 50 x’s

Bring (brought) – 52 x’s (Hebrew – brough)

Sword – 84 x’s

Son of man (Ezekiel) – 92 x’s

Idols – 37 x’s

Abominations – 44x’s

“Shall know that I am the Lord” – 64 x’s

“The word of the Lord came unto me” – 49 x’s

The methods used:

a. Symbolic visions (Apocalyptic)

i. Greek APOKALUPTO which means “to reveal” (cf. 1 Cor. 14:6)

ii. Hidden (secret) until God chose to reveal it)

1. Books that used Apocalyptic language

a. Isaiah

b. Jeremiah

c. Ezekiel

d. Daniel

e. Joel

f. Amos

g. Zechariah

h. Revelation

iii. Suggestions to why God used apocalyptic language

1. Trying to encourage His people – to see the greatness of God

2. See things in a visual form not just physical

3. Need to be compared to one another (books)

Note: Do not lose self in symbols – illustrations of the Truth

b. Imagery (visual aids)

c. Allegories

d. Parables

e. Acted Symbols

f. Riddle/Proverbs

g. Prophecy

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About Daron Hoggatt

I have a passion of spreading the Word of God to all the world.
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