Ch1 Seeing visions of God
Ezekiel is one of the first batch of exiles taken away from Jerusalem, before the final siege.
His experience in this chapter is that he encounters a representation of the Creator God, who is also, in particular, the God of Israel. The
appearance of God is represented in symbols. “No man has seen God”, in the real sense, but on occasions like this men encounter an image of God
accommodating itself to human understanding.
Chs2&3 Receiving his mission
God met with Ezekiel in order to give him a mission, that he should present God’s message to his fellow-exiles. On returning to his people, Ezekiel
finds himself psychologically paralysed and unable to proceed. So God seems to have decided to make use of that, keeping him at home so that people
would be obliged to seek him out, and making him act out parts of the message in silence.
Ch4 Acting out the siege
Ezekiel’s main function is to warn the people about God’s intentions towards Jerusalem.
So he begins by silently acting out a siege being conducted against a city.
Chs5-7 Proclaiming judgement
He must also explain why God will be doing these things.
The essential problem is that the people no longer know their God and are not submitting to his will.
So the ultimate purpose of the judgement is that “you shall know that I am the Lord”.
This becomes the running theme of the rest of the book.
Chs8-11 Visiting Jerusalem
Ezekiel is taken in vision back to Jerusalem, to witness the various forms of idolatry which fill the city, and to see God leaving the city to its
Ch12 Acting out the exile
In a sequel to the drama about the siege, Ezekiel acts out the way the people of Jerusalem will escape from the city and go into exile.
Ch13 Denouncing the deceivers
As part of this prophecy of judgement, Ezekiel must condemn the false prophets who encourage complacency by promising that nothing bad will happen.
Chs14&15 Answering the idolaters
The elders have taken to visiting Ezekiel to find out what God has to say. Since they are secretly divided in their loyalties, God refuses to talk to
them, except in the sense that he will answer them through the judgement itself.
Ch16 Throwing out the harlot
A bitter allegory comparing the disloyalty of Jerusalem to the conduct of a shamelessly adulterous woman. Not suitable to be read aloud in
Ch17 The eagles and the vine
An allegory condemning the oath-breaking disloyalty of Zedekiah, the current king of Judah, and the leader or figurehead of the rebellion against
Ch18 The righteous live and the unrighteous die
A careful explanation of the way that God’s judgement is designed to save the righteous and condemn the unrighteous.
It is meant to be a template for the future
relationship between God and his people.
Ch19 Farewell to the kings
A lament about the failings of the last few kings in Jerusalem. Josiah, God’s champion, was the last one who was any good, and he was killed at
Megiddo. (God finally gets his revenge at Armageddon)
Ch20 The long story of Israel’s idolatry
Showing how their idolatry goes right back to the time in Egypt.
Ch21 The dance of the sword
Current affairs are catching up with prophecy. The king of Babylon is on his way to Jerusalem, to carry out God’s judgement.
Ch22 Judging the bloody city
Begins the final explanations of the coming judgement.
Jerusalem has become “a city of blood”. The land is not cleansed.
Ch23 Oholah and Oholibah
A bitter allegory comparing the disloyalty of the two kingdoms to the conduct of shamelessly adulterous women. Not suitable to be read aloud in
Ch24 The beginning of the end
Ezekiel is warned that the siege of Jerusalem has begun.
The exiles need to be prepared for the loss which they are going to experience.
So Ezekiel is obliged to give them an example; his wife is taken away from him and he is not allowed to mourn, just as they will be too stunned to
Chs25-32 Prophecies against the nations
The time when Israel is about to face judgement is also the time to redress the balance by expressing God’s judgement on the enemies of Israel.
Much of the prophecy is directed against Edom and Tyre, who will be merciless in exploiting the catastrophe.
Finally, seven different words of the Lord are addressed to Egypt, which helped to cause the catastrophe.
These nations too must come to know that he is the Lord.
Ch33 The blow falls
A brief announcement that the city of Jerusalem has fallen. So that’s the end of that matter. Time to move on. Ezekiel has already explained the
procedures of warning and repentance which will govern the future relationship between God and his people.
Ch34 The good shepherd
The people will receive a new leadership. The corrupt old “shepherds” will be deprived of their authority, and God will do the job himself.
Chs35&36 Return to the land
A cleansed people will be coming back to a restored land.
Ch37 The valley of bones
New land and new leadership would be useless without new life.
In this vision, there is the promise that God’s people will become a living community once more.
Chs38&39 Gog of the land of Magog
This is Ezekiel’s contribution to the “last battle” class of prophecy, in which God’s enemies make one final attack on his people and are
Chs40-48 The new Temple
This is Ezekiel’s contribution to the “final peace” class of prophecy, describing the condition of God’s people once all the troubles are
It is the equivalent of the “new Jerusalem” vision at the end of Revelation.
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