Tag Archive: Ezekiel 33


“Egypt has the dubious distinction of being singled out among the nations as an example of the forces of evil.  Ezekiel first brings a lament for Egypt, then assigns her a place of burial in the same grave with the hordes of evil, including Meshek and Tubal.”

Read:  Ezekiel 32

“As a messenger of the eternal destruction to come, Ezekiel sees that God has made him personally accountable — not for the response of his hearers, but for his own faithfulness in preaching the word.  His role is that of the watchman seeing the approach of danger.”

Read:  Ezekiel 33:1-9

“The response from those he is warning is predictable: they demand to know what right God has to bring punishment against Israel.  Ezekiel insists one last time that, although God hates the punishment which must come to the wicked, it must nevertheless come.  Yet the promise is equally sure that even the wicked can be saved through sincere and righteous repentance.”

Read:  Ezekiel 33:10-20

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Exiled Nation  (Ca. 585-535 B.C.)

Ezekiel’s Restoration Prophecies

“It is evidently some six months before one of the survivors of the Jerusalem slaughter finally makes his way to the prophet Ezekiel in Babylonia.  Ezekiel gets a few hours’ advance warning of Jerusalem’s fall when, on the evening before the messenger’s arrival, Ezekiel is suddenly unable to speak.  Undoubtedly he recalls the day the siege against Jerusalem began — the day of his wife’s death — when God told him that his mouth would be opened when the messenger from Jerusalem arrived with the news of the fall.  Just as promised, Ezekiel’s temporary muteness disappears the following morning before the messenger arrives.  With this dramatic confirmation of his earlier predictions regarding Jerusalem, Ezekiel sets about once again to take God’s word to the people.”

Read:  Ezekiel 33:21-33

“Now, in a prophecy about the lost sheep of Israel, Ezekiel summarizes the basic message of his entire ministry: that Israel’s spiritual leaders have led the people to slaughter, but the God is going to gather his scattered people back in Palestine (as Canaan will come to be known), and that he will one day raise up a Savior for his people — the Messiah — who will be the Good Shepherd.”

Read:  Ezekiel 34

“During the siege Ezekiel brought judgment against Judah’s oppressors, particularly for the glee with which they would welcome the fall of Jerusalem.  Using Edom to represent all those nations, Ezekiel again promises that destruction awaits them.  He then consoles Israel with more assurances of the national restoration to come.”

Read:  Ezekiel 35 & 36

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

 

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