Week #107; Wed, Jan 15: Ezekiel 21:1-26:21

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

Ezekiel 21, The Lord Has Drawn His Sword

I. “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuaries. Prophesy against the land of Israel and say to the land of Israel, Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am against you and will draw my sword from its sheath and will cut off from you both righteous and wicked. Because I will cut off from you both righteous and wicked, therefore my sword shall be drawn from its sheath against all flesh from south to north. And all flesh shall know that I am the Lord. I have drawn my sword from its sheath; it shall not be sheathed again.'” (21:1-5)

A. Inference: “Every heart will melt, and all hands will be feeble; every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming, and it will be fulfilled, declares the Lord God.” (21:7)

1. FINDINGS: The Lord despises everything of wood.

2. CRITERIA: No wooden idols.

3. CONDITION: “Every heart will melt, and all hands will be feeble; every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water.” (21:7)

4. CAUSE: The people forsook the Lord for wooden idols.

5. EFFECT: Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people. It is against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with my people.” (21:12)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Repent, return to the Lord.

B. Inference: “Mark a way for the sword to come to Rabbah of the Ammonites and to Judah, into Jerusalem the fortified.” (21:20)

1. FINDINGS: “For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination. He shakes the arrows; he consults the seraphim; he looks at the liver. Into his right hand comes the divination for Jerusalem, to set battering rams, to open the mouth with murder, to lift up the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up mounds, to build siege towers. (21:21-23)

2. CRITERIA: Have no other gods.

3. CONDITION: “But to them it will seem like a false divination. They have sworn solemn oaths, but he brings their guilt to remembrance, that they may be taken.” (21:23)

4. CAUSE: The people went after other gods.

5. EFFECT: The Lord God is a jealous god and he will draw his sword. (21:28)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await judgment by the Lord God (21:30)

Ezekiel 22, Israel’s Shedding of Blood

I. “And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations. You shall say, Thus says the Lord God: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself! You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of your years has come.” (22:1-4)

A. Inference: “Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries. Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult.” (22:4-5)

1. FINDINGS: “Behold, the princes of Israel in you, every one according to his power, have been bent on shedding blood. Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you. You have despised my holy things and profaned my Sabbaths. There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst. (22:6-9)

2. CRITERIA: Cling to the Lord God and his precepts.

3. CONDITION: “. . . but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord God.” (22:12)

4. CAUSE: The people turned to earthly materials and values.

5. EFFECT: “Behold, I strike my hand at the dishonest gain that you have made, and at the blood that has been in your midst.” (22:13)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God, do all of his precepts, and lament over their ways. Make distinction between the holy and the common, teach the difference between the unclean and the clean, and keep the Sabbaths. (22:26)

Ezekiel 23; Oholah and Oholibah

I. “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother.” Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem. They whored and became defiled. (23:1-26)

A. Inference: “Thus I will put an end to your lewdness and your whoring begun in the land of Egypt, so that you shall not lift up your eyes to them or remember Egypt anymore.” (23:27)

1. FINDINGS: Whoring by Oholah (Samaria) and Oholibah (Jerusalem).

2. CRITERIA: Remain undefiled.

3. CONDITION: Fully defiled.

4. CAUSE: The people turned to earthly materials and values.

5. EFFECT: “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will deliver you into the hands of those whom you hate, into the hands of those from whom you turned in disgust, and they shall deal with you in hatred and take away all the fruit of your labor and leave you naked and bare, and the nakedness of your whoring shall be uncovered. Your lewdness and your whoring have brought this upon you, because you played the whore with the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.” (23:28-30)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God, do all of his precepts, and lament over their ways.

II. “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have forgotten me and cast me behind your back, you yourself must bear the consequences of your lewdness and whoring.” (23:35)

A. Inference: “The Lord said to me: ‘Son of man, will you judge Oholah (Samaria) and Oholibah (Jerusalem)? Declare to them their abominations. For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. With their idols that have committed adultery, and they have even offered to them for food the children whom they had borne to me. Moreover, this they have done to me: they have defiled my sanctuary on the same day and profaned my Sabbaths.” (23:36-38)

1. FINDINGS: Abominations of whoring, idol worship, and profaning the Sabbath.

2. CRITERIA: Love the Lord God and follow his precepts.

3. CONDITION: “For thus says the Lord God: ‘Bring up a vast host against them, and make them an object of terror and a plunder. And the host shall stone them and cut them down with their swords. They shall kill their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses. Thus will I put an end to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not commit lewdness as you have done. And they shall return your lewdness upon you, and you shall bear the penalty for your sinful idolatry, and you shall know that I am the Lord God.'” (23:46-49).

4. CAUSE: The people turned to earthly materials and values.

5. EFFECT: The wrath of God will be turned on them.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God, do all of his precepts, and lament over their ways.

Ezekiel 24, The Siege of Jerusalem

I. “In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. And utter a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord God” ‘Set on the pot, set it on; pour in water also; put in it the pieces of meat, all the good pieces, the thigh and the shoulder; fill it with choice bones,. Take the choicest one of the flock; pile the logs under it; boil it well; seethe also its bones in it.'” (24:1-5)

A. Inference: “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose corrosion is in it, and whose corrosion has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, without making any choice. For the blood she has shed is in her midst; she put it on the bare rock; she did not put it out on the ground to cover it with dust.” (24:6-7)

1. FINDINGS: “On account of your unclean lewdness, because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your uncleanness, you shall not be cleansed anymore till I have satisfied my fury upon you.” (24:13)

2. CRITERIA: Love the Lord God and follow his precepts.

3. CONDITION: The fury of the Lord God will deliver wrath on the people.

4. CAUSE: Unclean lewdness.

5. EFFECT: “I am the Lord. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God. (24:14)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God, do all of his precepts, and lament over their ways.

II. “The word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you (his wife) at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead.” (24:15-17)

A. Inference: “So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.” (24:18)

1. FINDINGS: “Then I said to them, The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Say to the house of Israel Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the yearning of your soul, and your sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword.'” (24:20-21)

2. CRITERIA: “And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men. You turbans shall be on your heads and your shoes on your feet; you shall not mourn or weep, but you shall rot away in your iniquities and groan to one another.” (24:19-23)

3. CONDITION: “Thus shall Ezekiel be to you a sign; according to all that he has done you shall do.” (24:24)

4. CAUSE: The Lord God used the death of Ezekiel’s wife as a sign for Israel to replicate when the temple of the Lord God is destroyed.

5. EFFECT: “When this comes, then you will know that I am the Lord God.” (24:24)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Ezekiel was muted at the time of his wife’s death as a way to show Israel how to react when they lose the temple of the Lord God to destruction. The faith that Ezekiel demonstrated is how the Lord God expected the people of Israel to respond to the loss of the temple of the Lord. Like Ezekiel, whose voice was restored, the people would also see restoration through faith.

Ezekiel 25, Prophecy Against Ammon

I. “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them. Say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God: Thus says the Lord God, Because you said, ‘Aha!’ over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when they went into exile, therefore behold, I am handing you over to the people of the East for a possession, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings in your midst. They shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and Ammon a fold for flocks. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” (25:1-5)

A. Inference: “For thus says the Lord God: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel, therefore, behold, I have stretched out my hand against you, and will hand you over as plunder to the nations. And I will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” (25:6-7)

1. FINDINGS: Ammon mocked Israel when the temple of the Lord God was destroyed.

2. CRITERIA: Come to support the people of Israel.

3. CONDITION: Invaders were allowed to go unimpeded to destroy the sanctuary of the Lord God.

4. CAUSE: “You have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel.” (25:6)

5. EFFECT: The Lord God will turn Ammon over as plunder to the nations and cut them off from the peoples and make them perish out of the countries.”

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God.

II. Thus says the Lord God: Because Moab and Seir said, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the other nations,’ therefore I will lay open the flank of Moab from the cities, from its cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim.” (25:8-9)

A. Inference: “I will execute judgments upon Moab. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (25:11)

1. FINDINGS: Moab and Seir failed to consider Israel as the Lord God’s chosen people.

2. CRITERIA: Know that the Lord is God and Israel is his special people.

3. CONDITION: Lack of recognition of Israel and God’s chosen people.

4. CAUSE: Failure to understand the power of the Lord God.

5. EFFECT: Judgment and wrath on Moab by the Lord God.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God.

B. Inference: “Thus says the Lord God: Because Edom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended in taking vengeance on them, therefore thus says the Lord God, I will stretch out my hand against Edom and cut off from it man and beast. And I will make it desolate; from Teman even to Dedan they shall fall by the sword.” (25:12-14)

1. FINDINGS: The wrath of the Lord God will be exacted on Edom.

2. CRITERIA: No vengeance toward Israel.

3. CONDITION: The Lord God willl exact his vengeance toward Edom.

4. CAUSE: Edom took vengeance toward Israel.

5. EFFECT: The Lord God remembered and will hold Edom accountable to judgment.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God.

C. Inference: “Thus says the Lord God: Because the Philistines acted revengefully and took vengeance with malice of soul to destroy in never-ending enmity, therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I will stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites and destroy the rest of the seacoast.” (25:15-16)

1. FINDINGS: “I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them.” (25:17)

2. CRITERIA: No vengeance toward Judah or Israel.

3. CONDITION: The Lord God will exact his vengeance toward Philistia.

4. CAUSE: Philistia took never-ending enmity and vengeance toward Israel.

5. EFFECT: The Lord God remembered and will hold Philistia accountable to judgment.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God.

Ezekiel 26, Prophecy Against Tyre

I. “In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man because Tyre said concerning Jerusalem, ‘Aha, the gate of the peoples is broken; it has swung open to me. I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste.'” (26:1-2)

A. Inference: “. . . therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. They shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers, and I will scrape her soil from her and make her a bare rock. She shall be in the midst of the sea a place for the spreading of nets, for I have spoken, declares the Lord God. And she shall become plunder for the nations, and her daughters on the mainland shall be killed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (26:3-6)

1. FINDINGS: Tyre gloated over the gates of the people becoming broken and swung open.

2. CRITERIA: Peaceful neighbors with the people of the Lord God.

3. CONDITION: Tyre planned to take spoils of war from Israel.

4. CAUSE: Hostility toward Israel.

5. EFFECT: The wrath of the Lord God was kindled.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Await the wrath of the Lord God.

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One thought on “Week #107; Wed, Jan 15: Ezekiel 21-26

  1. I. A personal Biblical yardstick helps study the Bible and God’s master plan.

    A. Here’s mine:

    1. The Lamb’s Book of Life was compiled with our names before the foundation of the world.

    2. Isaiah 14 addresses the war in heaven and Satans fall along with his not so angelic followers.

    3. Lucifer’s pride escaped his internal controls and he and his followers exercised their free-will to contend with God over ruling God’s kingdom, a big mistake although God knew the outcome before hand.

    4. The split resulted in a ratio of 2/3 of the angels opting for God’s side and 1/3 of the angels opting for Lucifer’s side.

    5. When humans were created, God gave them free-will just like the angels.

    6. Our free-will to exercise our choice to follow God or not has similar consequences as the angels.

    7. Yes, Jesus died for all; however, God will only accept believers back into His pure kingdom.

    8. God already knows who will become a believer and He sealed their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world; blasphemy results in a name being deleted from the Lamb’s Book of Life.

    9. God does condemn some and does not want them back in His kingdom.

    10. God wants a restored pure kingdom where He will know that believers want to be on His side and not Satan’s side.

    11. So, our earthly environment is a temporary testing or proving ground.

    12. Yet, God knows the eternal outcome of our free-will choices that we make now here on earth.

    13. He is testing us now with His free-grace to make a free-will choice to believe in Jesus.

    14. God sent Jesus to die for all, but we have to believe in Him and more than that, we must develop our relationship with Him from that point on.

    15. Interlocking fingers depicts how tight our relationship with Jesus should be.

    B. Inference: All Scripture (old and new) gets richer and richer, particularly if it is read as one voice of God from beginning to end.

    C. Further, Colossians 3 isolates three important words: above, earth, and below. When directional labels are applied to these words, they render a vertical, horizontal, and transverse context for God, earth, and evil respectively.

    D. So, the current Scripture topic can be analyzed in an X, Y, and Z three-dimensional Cartesian context as good, bad, or ugly, and mentally plotted by pinpointing coordinates for the following elements (see: http://www.jwaministries.net at paragraph 4.B):

    1. FINDINGS: Abnormality(ies)?

    2. CRITERIA: Basis for good results?

    3. CONDITION: What’s happening?

    4. CAUSE: How or why did the condition happen?

    5. EFFECT: Impact?

    6. RECOMMENDATION: Resolution for the condition(s)/cause(s)?

    E. Assess and remember the slope of the topic’s curve; use as needed.

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