Category Archives: Ezekiel

Ezekiel 47-48 — A new inheritance

We wrap up Ezekiel today and as we do, God outlines the new inheritance that will be received by the Israelites.  Or shall we say a renewed inheritance.  God promised to bring his people back to the land he had … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 47:1-12 — Living water

On the right, you can see a body of water called the Dead Sea.  It is so called because the water is so salty, that no animals can survive there.  The only signs of life there are tiny quantities of … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 45-46 — Setting apart our hearts for God

In these two chapters, God gives the people instructions for when they return to the land.  A lot of this (as well as the things in chapters 43-44) are repetitions of instructions God had originally given Moses. But as I … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 44 — What we let enter our hearts

When I was a kid, there was a song we used to sing in Sunday school.  “Oh be careful little eyes what you see.”  And “Oh be careful little ears what you hear.” Basically, it was a simple song about … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 40-43 — Made anew

I feel like I’m going back to the book of Exodus, plowing through these chapters.  Here, as in Exodus, we see extremely detailed information for the temple (albeit in Exodus, it was a tabernacle not a temple). With the current … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 38-39 — For His purposes, for His glory, that all may know…

In this passage, Ezekiel looks to the last days when nations will rise up against Israel and try to destroy it, only to be thrust back and destroyed by God.  There’s quite a bit of debate as to when this … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 37 — The God who raises what’s dead

Well, winter’s almost over, and spring is almost here.  Which mean that Easter is right around the corner.  And here we get a vivid picture of what Easter is all about. In this passage, Ezekiel is given a vision of … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 35-36 — Though we have fallen

In chapters 35 and 36, we once again see God condemning the nations around Judah for celebrating Jerusalem’s fall.  He first directs his judgment against Edom for harboring hostility, jealousy, and anger against the people of Judah and for trying … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 34 — A leader?

In this passage, God really comes down hard on the people who had been the political and spiritual leaders of Judah.  What was their problem? God told them, Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves!  … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 33 — How then shall we live?

In this passage, Ezekiel repeats some themes from earlier in the book. God once again warns Ezekiel, “Don’t be silent when I tell you to speak.  I will hold you accountable if  a person dies in their sin and you … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 29-32 — A fragile thing to lean on

I find it kind of ironic that despite having subjected Israel to slavery for years, the Egyptians became the people that Israel turned to in order to deliver them from the Babylonians.  But that’s exactly what they did. During the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 28 — Only One

In the midst of the passages condemning Tyre, we find an interesting passage concerning the king of Tyre. Many people have said the “ruler of Tyre” in verses 1- 10 was the literal human ruling over Tyre, while the “king of … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 25-29 — A heart of malice

We now shift the scene back to Babylon.  The prophesies here, for the most part, happened during the time of Jerusalem’s siege and fall. In these passages, Ezekiel prophesies against some of the enemies around Judah, the Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 24 — When weeping does no good

We are truly reaching the end of Judah as a nation at this point.  After years of warning from Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and many others, Babylon was now on the doorstep of Judah, ready to destroy it once and for all. … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 23 — Lusting after what destroys

Ezekiel continues his rebuke of Israel and Judah here by telling a parable about two prostitutes named Oholah and Oholibah.  Oholah represented Samaria, the capital of the former northern kingdom of Israel.  After breaking off from the southern kingdom, they … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 21-22 — Standing in the gap

So many times, we complain about the evil that we see in this world.  But do we really care?  Do we care enough to do something about it? God in this passage tells Ezekiel to warn the people of the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 20 — God of judgment and mercy

I’ve mentioned this before, but going through the prophets can be somewhat wearying at times, the reason being that much of their messages seem to be the same, namely messages of judgment. The same can be said here.  Here the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 19 — Where a nation puts its hope

Where is hope for a nation found? For the Israelites, they put their hope in their leaders, hoping they could bring them prosperity.  And when the Assyrians came against them, and then the Babylonians, they looked to their leaders for … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 18:25-29 — A warped sense of justice

“God’s not fair.” It is a little ironic that people sometimes say this.  Why?  Basically because God’s way of thinking is perfect and holy, and ours has been corrupted by sin. Yet we dare, with our corrupted judgment, to disagree … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 18 — Accountable

If there’s one thing I get from this passage, it’s that each of us stands accountable before God.  The day will come when we will have to answer to him for our actions and decisions. At this time, the Israelites … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 17:22-24 — The tender one

So many times we get the image of God, especially the “God of the Old Testament” as a hard-liner.  Someone who is ready to blast us for every sin that we commit. But here, God talks of a “tender one” … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 17 — Breaking your word

Being able to trust someone is one of the most important things in a relationship.  I think it’s one reason why God looks for us to be honest, both in our relationship with him, and with others. In this passage, … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 16 — Adulterous

In many ways this passage reminds me of Hosea.  Hosea cast Israel as an adulterous wife, and Ezekiel here casts Jerusalem as the same. Ezekiel starts by showing the love that God had for Jerusalem.  That though it had been … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 15 — Fruitless

I’m not a farmer nor am I a carpenter, so I learned something about the wood from grapevines when reading this passage.  It’s absolutely useless for anything except for bearing fruit. Now that I think about it, I’ve never heard … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 14:12-23 — Saving ourselves, saving others

When I was younger, I remember reading a book that said that if we became Christians, it meant that God guaranteed that our families would be saved too, and they quoted Acts 16:31, where Paul said, Believe in the Lord … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 14:1-11 — Two-faced

Nobody likes a two-faced person.  Least of all God. And that’s what he addresses here when some elders of Israel came to find out if God had something to say to them.  He told Ezekiel, Son of man, these men … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 13 — Whitewashing the truth

”Do I really need to share the gospel with my grandma? Sure, she’s not a Christian, but she’s a really nice person. Surely God will accept her.” How often do we hear Christians say this? Or maybe they won’t say … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 12 — True to his word

In this passage, we see how true to his word God is.  He starts by talking about the exile of Jerusalem, and namely that of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. God had Ezekiel do a little drama to show … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 10-11 — A true temple, a true people

One of the things that I learned way back in Sunday school was, “The church is not a building.  It’s people.”  That’s true, but not quite complete.  The church is a people whose hearts belong to God. Unfortunately, Israel’s heart … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 8-9 — He who sees what is hidden

Sometimes we wonder if God truly sees or cares about what we’re doing.  But in this passage, God makes very clear that he does see and that he does care. Ezekiel in this vision was taken to Jerusalem, and was … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 7 — The end

When I was a kid, there was a Japanese superhero show I used to always watch called Kikaida.  If you think he looks cheesy, you should’ve seen the monsters and special effects.  (I’m sure you can find this on youtube … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 4-6 — Finding out too late

I used to like playing with Lego sets when I was a kid, but I don’t think I’d like to do what Ezekiel had to do.  He had to build his own “Lego” set, with Jerusalem at the center, a … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 1-3 — Whether they listen or not

Hey, a chronological book!  What a unique concept!  And quite refreshing considering all the time jumping going on in Jeremiah. Ezekiel comes on to the scene at about this time of history.  It was the fifth year after Jehoiachin, the … Continue reading

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