Ezekiel 2 – Ezek. 8-11, pt.1

We had an excellent discussion last night concerning the call of Ezekiel and the approximately twelve similarities between his call and the baptism of Jesus. We also discussed Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of the Lord descending from the firmament of heaven upon his chariot of cherubim and we discussed the role of the Holy Spirit in Ezekiel’s call.

This week we are going to discuss Ezekiel chapters 8-11. Before reading these verses, please read the attached Holman Commentary. (It’s Baptist, but don’t hold that against me.) The commentary provides a good simple overview of these chapters. This section begins with Ezekiel’s vision of the present idolatrous worship of the Jews in the Temple in Jerusalem. This vision occurs in the interim period between Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon’s first sack of Jerusalem when he took King Jehoiachin and his officials (such as Ezekiel) into captivity and the second and final sack of Jerusalem five years later when Jehoiachin’s successor, King Zedekiah, also rebelled. 2 Kings 24-25. These four chapters are a microcosm of the Old Testament’s salvation history of sin (chapter 8), physical judgment (chapter 9), spiritual judgment (chapter 10), and the promise of restoration (chapter 11). These chapters also continue Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of God riding upon his cherubic chariot. Also, as you read through these chapters think back to the story of the Golden Calf in Exodus 32 or forward to the vision of the Whore of Babylon in Revelation 16-18.

Dinner this week is a Rigatoni sausage bake. Hope to see you here.

And the glory of the Lord went up from the cherubim to the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the glory of the Lord. 

Ezekiel 10:4

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