EZEKIEL

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CHAPTER 1

  1. In the fifth year of Jehoiachin's captivity. (It was the thirtieth year of Ezekiel).
  2. He saw four living creatures.
  3. Each had a face of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.
  4. The wheels moved with them.
  5. Wisdom and knowledge in God among the people who believe in Him.
  6. The Spirit of the Lord among the people who believe in God.
  7. The Spirit of God controls them.
  8. A throne with the likeness of a man on it. This seems to represent God's throne.

CHAPTER 2

  1. He should not be afraid but speak the word of the Lord to the people of Israel. He was to warn them and teach them.
  2. The ungodly and rebellious Jews who would resist the prophet's words.

CHAPTER 3

  1. It was the word of God given for the people of Israel concerning the future of the people and the city of Jerusalem. It was words of judgment and sorrow to come.
  2. Ezekiel did not refuse to talk to the people but he was angry in his spirit having to talk to such a rebellious people.
  3. Those who turn from sin will save their soul, and those who turn from righteousness will lose their soul.
  4. Those who neglect their duty to warn a sinner will be accountable for their soul.
  5. He made him mute so he would not rebuke the people.

CHAPTER 4

  1. The city of Jerusalem under a siege.
  2. 390 days for Israel and 40 days for Judah for each year of their sin.
  3. He cooked his food with cow waste in front of the people. It symbolized they would eat their food in unclean or foreign places.
  4. The siege would be so bad that food would become scarce.

 CHAPTER 5

  1. 1/3 represented the people dying by pestilence and famine; 1/3 by sword; and 1/3 scattered and dying by the sword.

CHAPTER 6

  1. The corpses of the people will be laid before their idols and their high places.
  2. Those in captivity will look back and remember the words of God.

CHAPTER 7

  1. The destruction of Israel.
  2. The people made idols to worship out of their gold and silver.

CHAPTER 8

  1. They had an idol at the entrance of God's temple that they worshiped.
  2. Every sort of creeping thing and abominable beast and idols were carved in the wall.
  3. They were weeping before a fertility god.

CHAPTER 9

  1. They were slain by God's angels, only the few faithful were saved. (This is carried out in 2 Ch. 36:17-18.)

CHAPTER 10

  1. He again saw the vision of the living creatures and the glory of the Lord.
  2. Coals of fire were pulled from the wheels which symbolized the destruction of Jerusalem. This was carried out in 2 Ki. 25:9 when Babylon makes another attack on the city.

CHAPTER 11

  1. They were giving wicked counsel and advice not showing any fear or concern for the warning of destruction to come.
  2. They filled their streets with the slain from crimes of blood and violence in the city (Ez. 7:23).
  3. They resisted the word, authority, and leadership of God. They followed and worshiped idols.

CHAPTER 12

  1. He portrayed the ruler of Israel, trying to escape through a hole in the wall of the city and the city being carried captive by Babylon.
  2. His eyes were gouged out when he was captured by Babylon. He was taken to Babylon where he lived until he died (see 2 Kings 25:7).

CHAPTER 13

  1. They were speaking false prophecies, telling the people things from their own minds, not from God.
  2. The people who trusted in the prophets did not prepare themselves with a strengthened wall. They assumed peace and not danger. This wall can be taken literally or spiritually. Spiritually the people were not prepared to secure their steadfastness with God.
  3. Havoc and turmoil and destruction would come upon the people and destroy them, what they worshiped, and the city.

CHAPTER 14

  1. There were no prophets in the land who would speak the truth from God.
  2. a. God would induce the prophet to speak only to further convict him. b. God will destroy the prophet and the one who came to him.
  3. Noah, Daniel, and Job. Because of their righteousness they would live.

CHAPTER 15

  1. A vine that was not useful for anything.
  2. They were worth nothing.

CHAPTER 16

  1. Israel was like a newborn baby who needs to be taken care of and nurtured.
  2. Their beauty (riches) and reputation.
  3. They used them in worshiping their false gods. They sacrificed them through fire.
  4. They sinned for pleasure worshiping false gods to satisfy their own desires. Harlots seek monetary gain from their sin. Israel enticed others even paying foreigners to sin with them.
  5. As a woman who breaks wedlock, they would suffer and even die because of their sin. God would use the Gentile nations to punish them.
  6. Jerusalem followed the ways of the foreign nations around them.
  7. Sodom and Samaria.
  8. The Gentile nations (Sodom and Samaria representing all of them) will be included in God’s plan of salvation. They become “daughters” of Israel born into the new covenant because of Israel’s fall. This was to show Israel the awfulness of their idolatry and sins.

CHAPTER 17

  1. Babylon was the eagle who carried Israel away to a foreign land.
  2. Egypt was the country Israel turned to for help against Babylon.
  3. Israel was the branch.
  4. God would return Israel to their land and rebuild them. Spiritually speaking, this refers to Jesus, from the tribe of Judah.
  5. The birds of every sort are all people both Jew and Gentile who would have faith in the Christ.

CHAPTER 18

  1. They would have life.
  2. He would die for his own sins.
  3. His sins would be forgiven, and he would live.
  4. None of his righteousness will be remembered, and he would die.
  5. a. He wants them to turn from sin and iniquity. b. A new heart and spirit that seeks God's principles.
  6. No, he has no pleasure in a lost soul. His pleasure is in those who serve and worship Him.

CHAPTER 19

  1. Like a lion, strong and powerful.
  2. They were captured by Babylon and became weak and helpless.

CHAPTER 20

  1. The elders of Israel were rejected by God.
  2. A habit of iniquity and idol worship had caused them to fall from God.
  3. God wanted to uphold His name so that the Gentiles would not speak against Him, His strength, and not refuse Him later on when they would have an opportunity for salvation.
  4. God purged the evildoers (through Babylon) and then the rest through obeying God as He led them would become a holy and blessed people.
  5. The Sabbath served as a sign and a remembrance that Israel knew God and served Him.
  6. a. The word of God and judgment will come to the people. b. The leaders who have lead the people astray.

CHAPTER 21

  1. Babylon is the sword against Judah.
  2. They gave Israel false visions concerning their security while they too were reproachful before God and just as unsecure.
  3. Jesus is the heir to the thrown(vs. 27).

CHAPTER 22

  1. They were like dross from silver that was being purified.
  2. They had violated the Law and profaned the holy things. They did not teach the people the difference between the holy and the unholy or the clean and the unclean.
  3. They gave the false visions and told them lies. They did not teach the people things to strengthen with God.

CHAPTER 23

  1. Samaria (Israel) and Jerusalem (Judah).
  2. They continued in their sins and even committed worse harlotry.

CHAPTER 24

  1. In the ninth year and tenth month of King Zedekiah (2 Kings 25:1).
  2. a. The city of Jerusalem. b. The people in the city who would be purified through the tribulation.
  3. a. He took Ezekiel's wife. b. This was a sign to Judah of the coming destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. They were not to mourn or weep but to accept their judgment.

CHAPTER 25

  1. They rejoiced when Israel was taken captive.
  2. They said Judah was like all the other nations around them (their God was not able to save them).

CHAPTER 26

  1. Babylon.
  2. They traded with her and they became like Tyre. If the leader fell, so would the followers.

CHAPTER 27

  1. They traded in many different ways but were materialistic.  They left God out of their lives.

CHAPTER 28

  1. They had no lack of anything and felt very self-sufficient. They felt very secure against any people.
  2. Tyre had everything they needed or wanted. They were blessed with many riches and provisions but yet they sinned.

CHAPTER 29

  1. They were proud of their wealth and felt their ability was by their own power. They also were the nation Israel leaned on for help but who lead them further away from God.
  2. All the people and possessions of Egypt. They will be destroyed.
  3. Egypt would be Babylon's payment.

CHAPTER 30

  1. Egypt.
  2. Babylon.

CHAPTER 31

  1. The nation of Assyria.
  2. The other nations all around Assyria.
  3. Because they were prideful and full of wickedness.
  4. They will be brought down to the pit. They will be destroyed. (If you keep company with the wicked you will go down with the wicked.)

CHAPTER 32

  1. Those nations and people who did not know God or follow His ways.
  2. Assyria, Elam, Meshech, Tubal, and Edom will fall to Babylon.

CHAPTER 33

  1. One who knows God's word and is expected to warn those who are in sin.
  2. Both will die for their sins. However, the watchman will be responsible for the blood of the lost.
  3. No, he will die because of his iniquity.
  4. A person may think his former righteousness will cover his present sins, or he justifies his sin based on his own judgment of righteousness.
  5. His words sounded like a lovely song to them but they did not do them or practice them. They pursued their own gain.

CHAPTER 34

  1. The priests of Israel - responsible for leading and teaching the people in the ways of God.
  2. They were not strengthening the faith of the weak people or establishing the faith of God in any people.
  3. The fat sheep are those who used their position for their own gain. The lean sheep are those who were righteous in God's service for the people.
  4. a. The servant of David (Jesus) is the shepherd. b. God would be their true God instead of worshiping idols.
  5. The leaders and all the people of the land will produce righteousness.

CHAPTER 35

  1. Edom.
  2. They are punished for their perpetual hatred against Israel and for trying to possess the land for themselves after Jerusalem and Israel is taken captive.

CHAPTER 36

  1. The land of Israel is set to receive the people of Israel once again. The land will produce crops and the city will be fortified.
  2. To save His great name that had been profaned in the nations.

CHAPTER 37

  1. Because of their sins, they were in captivity with no life as they once had before.
  2. God would give them life again and join Judah and Israel together as one nation.
  3. Israel would become one nation under one king.

CHAPTER 38

  1. Gog was a combination of several nations who would come against Israel.
  2. Gog will come against Israel in the latter days (the end time).
  3. Gog will be destroyed by a great earthquake, natural and super natural forces, and pestilence.

CHAPTER 39

  1. (Spiritually) The followers of God will speak and uphold the truth against all darkness. (Literally) God will destroy Gog and Israel will bury the remains for seven months.  
  2. (Spiritually) The followers of God will have power over sin and darkness. (Literally) God will destroy Israel’s enemies and restore Israel.
  3. The Gentile nations will understand and know God is with Israel.
  4. His Holy Spirit will be poured out.

CHAPTER 40-41

  1. (Spiritually) The barrier between us and God (because of sin).
  2. (Spiritually) Our complete repentance toward God to receive His grace.
  3. (Spiritually) Dwelling with God and becoming spiritually mature.

CHAPTER 43

  1. God wanted the people to realize their iniquities placed them in captivity far from the splendor of the temple.

CHAPTER 44

  1. God had come through that way, and it was holy.
  2. They would not be able to come before God to minister.
  3. They would do the work to be done in the temple.
  4. They would wear linen turbans.

CHAPTER 46

  1. Literally this would avoid pushing and shoving. Spiritually it represents a complete walk with God; no backsliding or returning to the old self.

CHAPTER 47

  1. The living water of God (His word) going out to all people. Today we know this as the gospel of Jesus which brought life to those who will believe.
  2. The different people who will come to the living water of God.