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Archive for February 27th, 2010

(Eze 1:1-3) Surprisingly God’s presence is seen in the place of exile – by Chebar canal, in land of Chaldeans, there – not just Jerusalem.
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Eze 1:4f) God’s presence is described in midst of a thunderstorm riding a chariot made of cherubim and similar to Revelation 4-5.
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Eze 1:28) Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
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Eze 2:2) The Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
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Eze 2:10f) Ezekiel to eat a scroll that is sweet and bitter with words of judgment written on both sides. C.f. Revelation 10:8-11
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Eze 3:8f) Ezekiel to be made as stubborn in his speaking as his hearers in their sin.
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Eze 3:16f) Ezekiel is appointed a watchman but he is also made dumb, speaking only when God gives him a message to speak.
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Eze 4:1f) Ezekiel to act out the siege of Jerusalem. Israel will eat unclean food in exile, that is, they will become as though Gentiles.
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Eze 5:1f) Ezekiel acts out the judgment using his hair – burning it, throwing it to the wind – although some strands preserved.
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Eze 5:11) Israel’s chief sin is defiling the temple, place of God’s presence.
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Eze 6) Israel to be devoted to destruction like the Canaanites should have been.
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Eze 7) Judgments of sword, famine and disease c.f. Revelation’s seals.
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Eze 8) At the temple is an idol of jealousy, engravings of unclean animals, women praying to Tammuz, men turning backs on God to face sun.
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Eze 9:4) A mark on foreheads of the faithful to preserve them from God’s judgments c.f. Revelation 7.
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Eze 10) God’s presence moves from within the temple to the threshold and then to the east gate of the courtyard – God is about to leave.
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Eze 11:16) For those in exile already God has been a sanctuary/temple for them in exile even though he has abandoned Jerusalem.
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Eze 11:19) God will give the remnant a new heart and spirit that is inclined to obedience. He will be their God and they his people.
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Eze 11:23) God’s presence leaves the temple courtyard, the city and rests on the Mount of Olives before ascending to heaven – abandoned.
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Eze 12) Ezekiel acts out the part of a refugee fleeing into exile to illustrate that Jerusalem will fall to the Babylonians.
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Eze 13) The false prophets and prophetesses are like people strengthening a wall with whitewash. God will deliver his people from them.
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Eze 14:12f) Noah, Daniel and Job despite their own personal righteousness would not be able to save Israel from impending judgment.
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Eze 15:2) Israel is as useful as the wood content of a vine.
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Eze 16:8) God spread the corner of his garment over Israel – he married her by covenant.
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Eze 16:9f) Israel was a woman bathed, washed, anointed, clothed, adorned, fed and given perfect beauty by Yahweh.
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Eze 16:15f) Israel whored, lusted and committed adultery – high places, sacrifices, detestable practices, treaties with nations.
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Eze 16:60,63) God will establish an everlasting covenant and atone for Israel’s sin.
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Eze 17:22-23) The vine that is the kingdom of Israel will be uprooted but God will plant a cedar twig on Mt Zion that will rule the nations
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Eze 18:4,32) God says that the soul who sins shall die unless they repent. He has no pleasure in the death of anyone, so turn, and live.
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Eze 19:13-14) The royal line of David appears to be extinct – a plant in the wilderness that has been burnt.
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Eze 20:9,14,22,44) God’s dealings with his people is based on his concern for the glory of his name rather than their sin.
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Eze 20) Israel’s sin is highlighted in terms of temple observances – sacrifices and Sabbath keeping – significant in 40-48.
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Eze 20:33f) God will gather his people from exile, judge, bring into covenant, remove sin and restore his people.
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Eze 21:21-22) God controls the actions of a foreign king who acts based on consulting an animal’s liver for guidance from his idols.
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Eze 21:27) David’s house a ruin until he comes, the one to whom judgment belongs, to him God will give the kingship.
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Eze 22:26) Priests have profaned my holy things, made no distinction between holy/common, clean/unclean, disregarded Sabbaths. C.f. 40-48
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Eze 23) whore, breasts pressed, bosoms handled, poured lust on, uncovered nakedness, members like donkeys, issue like horses
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Eze 23:35) Because you have forgotten me and cast me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness.
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Eze 23:38) They have defiled my sanctuary and profaned my Sabbaths. c.f. 40-48.
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Eze 24:18) Ezekiel’s wife dies and he doesn’t display mourning to indicate that the exiles will not mourn over Jerusalem’s fall.
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Eze 25) God judges Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia with being made desolate because of the way they treated Judah.
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Eze 26:19) Tyre will be judged by having the deep waters brought over her.
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Eze 26-27) Judgment on Tyre is similar to Revelation 18 on Babylon.
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Eze 28) Tyre described in terms of Eden, wisdom, precious stones, cherubim, holy mountain of God, blameless, cast out.
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Eze 28:25f) God will gather (rapture), judge nations, give promised land (new earth), give houses and vineyards (everlasting peace).
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Eze 29:3f) Egypt like a sea dragon that will be thrown into wilderness and devoured by scavengers.
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Eze 29:6-7) Egypt like a staff that when one leans on it, it breaks and pierces one’s arm pit.
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Eze 30:22,24) God will break Pharaoh’s arms and strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon. God is sovereign in such things.
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Eze 31:15) Egypt is like a tree that reached up to the heavens but now has been sent to Sheol.
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Eze 32) The nations and their armies are pictured as lying uncircumcised in the pit of Sheol despite having once brought terror.
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Eze 33:12) The wickedness of the wicked will not cause him to fall if he turns from it.
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Eze 33:22) Ezekiel stops being mute the evening before a man comes to announce the fulfilment of Ezekiel’s prophecy of Jerusalem’s fall.
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Eze 34:4) Shepherd-princes should care for the weak, sick, injured, strayed and lost.
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Eze 34:12) God will shepherd his people, gather, rescue and feed them on day of clouds and thick darkness.
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Eze 34:23) God’s servant David will be their shepherd i.e. Jesus.
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Eze 35:15) Edom to become desolate on all its mountains.
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Eze 36) The promised land will be restored to God’s people as a fruitful land. Ultimately this shadow promise is new earth.
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Eze 36:22f) God will save his people for the sake of the glory of his name.
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Eze 36:25f) God will sprinkle his people with water of cleansing, give new heart and spirit, give his Spirit to incline them to obedience.
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Eze 37:12) Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones. Graves will be opened and God’s people raised and brought into their land. Resurrection/New Earth
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Eze 37:25-27) David (Jesus) to be king, temple in their midst (God’s presence). This is to be forever not just an age!
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Eze 38:16) God is the one who brings Gog against his people. It is not simply Gog’s rebellion but God’s decreed purpose.
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Eze 38:2,15) Old Testament Gog and his regional allies in Rev 20:8 become all nations from the 4 corners of the earth.
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Eze 38:19,22) A great earthquake and Gog to be destroyed by rain, hail, fire and brimstone c.f. Armageddon & Rev 20:9
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Eze 39:17-20) Birds and scavengers to eat dead bodies. Same as Rev 19:17-18.
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Eze 39:29) I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.
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Eze 40:1-2) Ezekiel and John both see the New Jerusalem from “a great mountain” with an angelic being c.f. Rev 21:10
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Eze 40) Emphasis on barriers – walls, thickness of walls, distances from temple, gates. Unlike past holiness will be respected.
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Eze 41:5,9,12) Thickness of walls emphasised again. Future will not be like past neglect of holiness.
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Eze 42:10-12,20) Emphasis on thickness and entrances. Key point “to make a separation between the holy and common.”
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Eze 43:2-5) Before glory went up from temple to Olives. Now God’s glory comes down from Mount of Olives to temple, filling the earth.
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Eze 43:8) Past described as defiling when only a thin wall separated God’s house from sinful houses of kings – but not now!
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Eze 43:11-12) Israel to be told blueprint re: entrances, exits, regulations etc so they may shame their former failure to honor holiness.
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Eze 43:16) The altar covers an area of 12×12 = 144 cubits! Similar numbers used in Rev to describe people of God as altar or New Jerusalem.
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Isa 44:5-7) Correcting past abuses of temple worship. Emphasis again on entrances and exits not admitting unclean people.
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Isa 44) The vision is intended to depict the perpetual worship of the God of heaven in the Kingdom of Christ.
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Isa 44) In Ezekiel’s vision priests, sacrifices etc. describe the future in OT shadow terms. Realty is in NT.
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Eze 45:7-9) An example of how past abuses by princes will not take place in the future.
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Eze 46) Neglected festivals and correct sacrifices will not be neglected in the future.
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Eze 47:1-5) A river of life flows from God’s throne. C.f. Rev 22:1 in the New Jerusalem.
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Eze 47:7,12) A tree of life – grows both sides of river, twelve crops of food a year and leaves are for healing C.f. Rev 22:2
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Eze 47:13f) Ezekiel’s shadow is the restored boundaries of the Promised Land. John’s greater fulfilment is the New Earth.
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Eze 47:22) Non-Israelites “shall be to you as native-born children of Israel”. In OT only a few but in NT multitudes.
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Eze 48:30f) Gates named after tribes of Israel c.f. Rev 21:12f “on gates names of tribes of Israel were inscribed”.
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Eze 48:35f) Book’s climax – “And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There.”

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