Ezekiel Study Resumes

I am back from my trip, in which I was able to accomplish quite a bit of writing and thinking. Here is the continuation of the study of Ezekiel: The Creation of a Man as a Symbol.If you would like to see the beginning of this study, continue to scroll down until you find the first post of the study. FIFTH SYMBOL: SUITE OF SYMBOLS CONCERNING THE FALL OF JERUSALEM (CHAPTERS 4 AND 5) We could properly say that the next set of symbols serve as a suite, or interconnected and ordered arrangement of images that Ezekiel will personify with his bodily actions. Just as a musical suite has one theme but several movements, we will consider each of these separate actions as “movements” within the suite of the image of the coming destruction of the city of...

Ezekiel as the Second, Third and Fourth Symbols

Thank you so much Noel, Celeste, and Amber for your supportive comments on previous postings regarding this series on Ezekiel. I will be out of town for 10 days so it may be a while before I can post more. For that reason, I am posting three new symbols. Second symbol: The Silent Man When Ezekiel was conveyed by the Spirit back to the banks of the Kebar River, he was taken back to the site of his first vision. There he sat for seven days in complete silence. The other captives could see that something extraordinary had happened to him. Though different translations vary on whether it was Ezekiel who was “overwhelmed” (NIV) or it was the watching captives in whom his behavior “caused consternation,” (NASB), the fact remains that it...

First Symbol in Ezekiel (Series Continues)

Symbol Making and Generalizations The creation of Ezekiel as a symbol through individual images and generalizations derived thereof Generalizations are listed in bulleted form. Those sections enclosed by brackets [ ..] are observations but not derivable as generalizations from the text under consideration. The book of Ezekiel is one of the richest and most fertile of all biblical books. It is tempting to want to “mine” out many principles from it, but in this study we shall attempt to limit ourselves to the symbolic images God imposed on Ezekiel, and to generalize from them. First symbol: The Word-Eater Before the sapphire throne, Ezekiel is presented with a scroll of a book held before him in an outstretched hand. God displays it out before him,...

Ezekiel Study Part 3

(Scroll down for parts one and two.) The Role of the Spirit With all the kinetic activity and arresting images of the first three chapters of the book, it is easy to overlook the activity of the Holy Spirit. The first thing Ezekiel saw was a wind storm coming out of the north. Though such was an image of destruction, and enemies of Israel had come and would come from that direction, the Hebrew mind would have not escaped noticing that this was a particular kind of ruwach or wind–the same word used for Spirit later in the book. It implies the breathing of God, His action, His anger, His feelings. It is encapsulated in this hurricane of activity that everything else happens. The Spirit is both agent and containment for all the things that happen there. It...

Ezekiel study continued

Today’s entry is a continuation of the Ezekiel study. It will deal in upcoming entries with detailed generalizations from each of the symbols in it. May it bless you. Some observations about Ezekiel himself It is assumed that he was not of the poorer classes since those were the ones left in the Holy Land, and we find him at the opening of the book among the exiles by the Kebar River. Special attention is given to how God addresses him, as “son of man.” In one sense this ties him to the rest of humanity, and as the book will show, to the forces that God will exert upon a group of people. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, he is identified with the coming Savior who would be also called Son of man. Ezekiel was also the son of his...