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The Book of Ezekiel -October 4, 2002 - By Daniel Seo … that I am the LORD.

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1 The Book of Ezekiel -October 4, 2002 - By Daniel Seo … that I am the LORD.

2 I.Introduction. II.Features of the Book III.Outline IV.Interesting topics & Applications. V.What I learned VI.Questions & Comments Content

3 26th book in the Bible Meaning: God is strong, God strengthens, God hardens Key verse : Ezekiel 37:13, 14 … Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.' " I. Introduction

4 Author: Ezekiel ( Priest & Prophet) Some arguments Date : Approx. 593 BC – 570 (?) BC Background - International Upheaval : Fall of the northern kingdom of Israel (722 BC) : Fall of Assyrians kingdom (612 BC) : Exiles by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (597 BC) : Fall of Jerusalem (586 BC) - kings of Judah : King Josiah (640 – 609 BC) : King Jehoiachin (609-598 BC) Theme  God’s sovereignty over all creation  God’s unfailing love & Judgment  Glory of God

5 II. Features in the Book Oracles of God : Direct God’s words concerning judgment upon the people of Israel and the nations. Son of Man  > I, the Lord Visions four living creatures the glorious appearance of God sins of Israel dry bones the temple & the city of God Symbolism and allegories Israel conditions (unfaithfulness, sins, exile etc) God’s judgment and love

6 I. God’s coming judgment upon Israel (1 – 24) 2. God’s coming judgment upon the nations (25 – 32) 3. Restoration & Glory of God (33-39, 40-48) III. Outline

7 I. God’s coming judgment upon Israel (1 – 24) Ezekiel’s vision of the four creatures & the glory of God (1) Ezekiel’s call and response ( 2 – 3) God’s warning against Israel’s sins and the coming judgment upon her (15 -23) God’s warnings and coming judgment upon leaders of Israel (11,13, 19) Jerusalem seized and the death of Ezekiel’s wife (24) II. God’s coming judgment upon the nations (25 – 32) Prophecy against Ammon (25) Prophecy against Moab (25) Prophecy against Edom (25) Prophecy against Philistia (25) Prophecy against Tyre (26 – 28) Prophecy against Egypt (29 – 32) III. Restoration & Glory of God (33-39, 40-48) Ezekiel – Watchman of Israel (33) Shepherds and Sheep (34) Vision of Dry bones (37) Vision of Gog (38,39) Vision of New Temple (43) River of the Temple (47) Division of the land (48a) The city of God (48b)

8 IV. Interesting Topics and Applications Ezekiel’s obedient life Israel’s sins listed (God’s warning of Judgment against sins ) Sins of the Nations Warning against shepherds and leaders God’s True Love, Hope & Glory

9 - received God’s call - called to be an watchman - commanded to shut himself not to rebuke the sins of Israel - asked to go in exile in a daytime - asked to lie down on his sides for 390+40 days - asked to eat dry food made using human excrement - asked to shave his head and beard with a sharp sword - commanded not to weep or wail for the death of his wife 1. Ezekiel’s obedient life

10 - Not listen to God - a rebellious house (repeated over many times) - Idolatry in the temple by the elders of Israel ( 8,9,14) - Detestable practices (26) - Defiling the temple - Breaking the Sabbath - Not obeying God ’ s laws and decrees - Wickedness (saying that God is unjust, while doing wicked things) - Blood-shedding (Jerusalem – full of violence) 2. Israel’s sins listed : God’s warning of Judgment against sins

11 - Wickedness by clapping and rejoicing for the fall of Israel - Not acknowledging God ’ s sovereignty (Pharaoh in Egypt : 29:9 … Nile is main and I made it) - Not providing shelters for refugees of Israel 3. Sins of the Nations

12 - Watchman ’ s responsibilities : to warn the sinful men of God ’ s judgment - An evil man will be saved if he turns way from evil - A son will not share his father ’ s sins - Shepherds responsibilities to take care of sheep, not their first interests 4. Warning against shepherds and leaders

13 - God ’ s genuine love toward Jerusalem was expressed in the Parable of Unfaithful Woman (Ch16) o I made her grow … and made the most beautiful of jewels …. I bathe her, put bracelets on her arms, put a ring on her nose, … put a beautiful crown on her. … She became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. But she took the fine jewelry God gave and made idols and engaged in prostitution with others ” o Rid of yourselves of all the offenses, why will you die, o house of Israel? ” o For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live. ” (18:31,32) 5. God ’ s True Love

14 - Hope of Restoration of Israel prophesied in Chs 10, 20, 34, 37 o I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down. I will search for he lost and bring back the strays…. I will shepherd the flock with justice. (34:15-16) o my dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my People (37:27) - God ’ s hope and power revealed in ch37 : The vision of the dry bones in the valley. - Israel ’ s Condition : Dry bones – No hope Ezekiel was asked, "Son of man, can these bones live? ” (37:3) 6. God ’ s Hope

15 o This is what the sovereign Lord says to these bones. I will make breath enter you and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord (v5,6) o So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet-a vast army. (v10) o Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 6. God ’ s Hope (Continued)

16 - New temple and the river of life (40, 43, 47) o Son of man describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins ” (43:10) · Water coming from under the threshold of the temple toward the east · The water was rising up that no one could cross · Swarms of living creatures will live there · There will be large number of fish and were the river flows, every thing will live (47:3-9) Ref. Rev 22:1 … River of life flowing from the throne of God 7. The Glory of God

17 - The glory of God returned (43) - The city of God (48) equivalent to – New Jerusalem (Rev21) God ’ s presence - The Lord is there o 48:35, “ and the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE ” 7. The Glory of God (Continued)

18 - God ’ s true love – who I was, how God raised me up, who God is. : I must accept and acknowledge God ’ s sovereignty over my life - Shepherd responsibilities : I must do shepherd jobs to bring God ’ s word to students - God ’ s hope and Glory :There is hope because of the living and almighty God. : I have to seek God ’ s glory and know God is there. Cf. One pioneering shepherd Finally,.. V. Things that I learned

19 Questions & comments, … Thanks, …

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