Ezekiel Study Concludes

Thanks to all you who have expressed appreciation for this study. It concludes with today’s post. Thirteenth Symbol: The Road Marker In chapter 21, Ezekiel is asked to illustrate how it is that even false prophecy and divination can be used by God to bring about His purposes. The king of Babylon’s attempts to find out by consulting idols and fortunetelling devices are portrayed to show how he will come to a decision about whether to attack Jerusalem or the Ammonites first. It is not clear whether Ezekiel is to only pantomime the marking out of the roads or to also act out the decision-making process of the king of Babylon. But the same sword of the Lord would punish both the Ammonites and the inhabitants of fortified Jerusalem.“ยข In this...

Next to the last post on Ezekiel

Our study of Ezekiel draws to the end with this set of generalizations about the role of Ezekiel as a symbol. Tenth Symbol: The Quaking Eater Also in chapter 12 is another symbol to demonstrate in the person of Ezekiel a further manifestation of the coming horrors. Ezekiel is commanded to tremble as he eats his food and shudder as he drinks his water. It is not clear whether Ezekiel will feign this trembling and shuddering or if his own distress will be manifest as he tries to go about daily life. It is clear, however, that the symbol is a prefiguring of the mental distress that the coming violence would make a part of their lives in the near future (verses 17-20.) Perhaps some insight can be gained from the subsequent verses (verses 21-28.). Perhaps...

Another Ezekiel Symbol

We are nearing the end of this study of Ezekiel. I pray it has been “inciteful” to you. Ninth Symbol: The Luggage of Exile In this symbol in chapter 12, we see that the people are completely blinded to their own present condition, so Ezekiel is compelled to arouse their curiosity with peculiar acts which, more than words, get their attention. His hearers’ problem is not a visual or auditory one, it is a disease of the heart which prevents their being able to understand in any other way. As verse 8 shows, the strategy of God is successful in provoking questions. However, whether or not they understand even after the explanation is still a question, for God interjects, “Perhaps they will understand”” The action that Ezekiel...