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  1. New Life ABF

  2. EZEKIEL You Will Know that I AM the LORD

  3. Theme • That you will Know that I Am the Lord • Found some 62 times in 27 of the 48 chapters • Flushes out 5 major concepts • The Nature of God • Purpose in God’s judgments • Individual responsibility • Israel’s history • Israel’s future

  4. Theological Background Deuteronomy 28

  5. Historical Background • Three (four) major kingdoms involved • Assyria • Egypt • Babylon • Israel (Northern 10) & Judah (Southern 2) • Two major shifts in power • Assyria and Egypt to permanently fall to Babylon • Israel to go into the punishment of God • Israel will succumb to foreign rule and dependance • God’s will being accomplished

  6. Kings of the Times • Hezekiah 726-697 • Manassah 697-642 • Amon 641-640 • Josiah 640-609 • Jehoahaz 609 • Jehoiakim 609-597 • Jehoiachin 597 • Zedekiah 597-586 • Good • Very Bad • Bad • Good • N/a • Bad • N/a • Somewhat good

  7. To Keep in Mind • Pagan King just Pawns • Jeremiah had told them of the coming captivity by God’s Decree • God would purge His people of idolatry • The reign of the Kings ended with the exile

  8. The Prophets Role • Isaiah - the prophet calling for Holiness in Judah before all this • Jeremiah - prophet to those remaining home during exile • Daniel - a prophet placed in the Royal Courts in captivity • Ezekiel - a prophet placed in the country-side in captivity

  9. General Breakdown • Chapters 1-24 predict the Fall of Jerusalem in 586 (After Zedekiah) • Chapters 25-32 Speak doom to the Nations against Jerusalem • Chapters 33-39 Are Encouragement to Israel • Chapters 40-48 Are the Prophetic Future for Israel

  10. Outline I. Ezekiel's Commission (1:1-3:27) A. The Vision of God's Glory (1:1-28) B. The Lord's Charge to Ezekiel (2:1-3:27) II. Judah's Iniquity and the Resulting Judgment (4:1-24:27) A. The Initial Warnings of the Watchman (4:1-7:27) B. The Vision of the Exodus of God's Glory (8:1-11:25) C. The Lord's Reply to the Exiles Invalid Rationalizations of Hope (12:1-19:14) D. The Defective Leadership of Israel (20:1-23:49) E. The Execution of Jerusalem's Judgment (24:1-27)

  11. III. Judgment on the Foreign Nations (25:1-33:20) A. Judgment on Judah's Closest Neighbors (25:1-17) B. Judgment on Tyre (26:1-28:19) C. Judgment on Sidon (28:20-24) D. Israel's Restoration From the Nations (28:25-26) E. Judgment on Egypt (29:1-32:32) IV. The Future Blessings of a Faithful Covenant God (33:21-48:35) A. Restoration to the Promised Land (33:21-39:29) B. God's Glory Returns (40:1-48:35)

  12. Some Snapshots Ezekiel's calling and commission : 2-3

  13. Some Snapshots “Because”

  14. Some Snapshots Key verse: Ezekiel 36:22

  15. EZEKIEL You Will Know that I AM the LORD

  16. Excursus on end of section 2 Chapters 4-24

  17. Some “highlights” • Chapter 19: a poem of destruction • Chapter 20: the elders are rebuked and the destruction of Jerusalem laid out (See Also 14) [Read 20:1-32] • Chapter 21: A Sword • Read Chapter 22 • Chapter 23: Oholah and Oholibah as Allegory • Chapter 24: The Boiling Pot and Ezekiel’s Wide dies [Read 24:15-27]

  18. “I, the Lord, have spoken; it is coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry; according to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you,” declares the Lord God.’ ” Ezekiel 24:14.

  19. Jerusalem is destroyed . . . . . . just like He said.

  20. Some after thoughts (T or F) Statement Answer • God is not involved with the wicked actions of wicked nations • God would never force anyone to do anything • God will not intervene in your life against your will • God keeps all His promises • It “breaks God’s heart” to “be forced” to punish us • God is against capital punishment • There is a future for Israel (why?) • False • False • False • True • False • False • True

  21. EZEKIEL You Will Know that I AM the LORD