I’m just gonna go ahead and knock out the last 24 chapters of Ezekiel today. Get in two days worth of Bible in 90 done.
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In a moment that seems totally unfair to Ezekiel, God tells him that his wife is going to die, but that Ezekiel is not supposed to weep or mourn… but to go on being God’s voice to his disobedient people. Dang. He is to continue to be a sign to His people for God.
Ezekiel 25 – 32
Not only to God’s people, but Ezekiel is to prophesy to the neighboring nations. He speaks for God about the pending judgement to Ammon, Moab, Seir, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, and Egypt.
Their pride and iniquities will be dealt with.
It says that God will do this so that not only his people will see and know that He is God, but also so that those being punished will know and perhaps turn toward Him. Idols will be torn down. Justice will be final.
Ezekiel 33 – 34
Ezekiel has been made a watchman for the house of Israel. It says that others failed to do their job as being shepherds for God’s people. Ezekiel is even supposed to tell the shepherds of their wrong and God’s judgement.
God seeks after his lost sheep. He will find them and feed them and bring about peace again.
The area around Mount Seir will be made desolate. In fact, a Perpetual Desolation. The mountains of Israel will change from desolation that they have experienced to yielding fruit again. The surrounding cities will become inhabited and God’s Holy name will not be profaned again, but praised.
He will give the people a new heart and all will know him as God.
Crazy vision about these dry bones that hear God’s word and with it they get God’s breath breathed into them again. Flesh, skin, returns to the dry bones. God’s word is that powerful. He is able to do great things. And then Ezekiel actually sees it take place. That’s amazing.
Ezekiel 38 – 39
Gog will be judged. Mercy will come to Jacob. Israel will be restored.
Ezekiel 40 – 43
The temple will be rebuilt, and God’s glory will fill it again.
Now that the temple was complete… God tells them “Enough of your abominations, in admitting foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, to be in my santuary, profaning my temple…You have not kept charge of holy things.” He goes on to tell them that no one who isn’t His should be let into the sanctuary. Wow. This is tough scripture for us to harmonize today.
For sure, the Church isn’t what God intended it to be. Sure… some churches are closer to the “biblical model” of a healthy church. Where is the line drawn in keeping some out. Is “Membership” the intent? The bible mentions nothing of membership, but clearly lays out in the new testament some signs and requirements of being in ekklesia with others.
The church is meant to witness to the lost where the lost are. The church is meant to be the place of growth and fellowship away from the “world.” We make churches easy access for those who might be seeking God and try to take down the walls that keep lost away. But here, God talks about his sanctuary as being kept holy.
Ezekiel 45 – 48
The rest of the book talks about the nation of israel being told to keep observing the feasts and offerings that God had told them in the past to do. It talks of how the land is to be divided up again after they return to it from exile. Each tribe is to have and keep a portion. Haven’t ever thought about it this way, but this is pretty powerful gift from God. He doesn’t want them to feud over the land. He wants them to have their own portion… and since He is EVERYWHERE, it doesn’t really matter where they get that portion. He is there no matter where there is.