WEFOUNDEzekiel and Daniel: With Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical, Designed for Both Pastors and People (Classic Reprint)


Luke 9:23 ESV
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Ezekiel 16 and 23 portray Jerusalem as God’s wife—once faithful but now going after other gods. Ezekiel describes how God found her as an abandoned infant, but raised her and then married her. She turned into a whore, however, and paid other lovers (gods of other nations) for sex. Her punishment was to be stripped naked in public, stoned with her lovers watching, cut with swords, her children killed, and her houses destroyed. This may be a troubling metaphor for modern readers, but it served its theological purpose in a patriarchal society.

Ezekiel 25-32 consists of prophecies against the other nations. The bulk of these oracles are centered on Tyre, the capital of Phoenicia, and Egypt. According to these chapters, Tyre is a jewel of a city, like the Garden of Eden, but in the end will get what it deserves for its leader’s arrogant pretension against God. Egypt as well faces the impending judgment of God. Historically, Egypt had imposed rule over Judah just before the fall of Jerusalem, and some of Judah’s kings had sought alliances with Egypt. According to Ezekiel’s oracle, this does not matter to God, for Egypt too will come to naught.

Luke 9:23 ESV
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Luke 9:23 ESV
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Ezekiel 16 and 23 portray Jerusalem as God’s wife—once faithful but now going after other gods. Ezekiel describes how God found her as an abandoned infant, but raised her and then married her. She turned into a whore, however, and paid other lovers (gods of other nations) for sex. Her punishment was to be stripped naked in public, stoned with her lovers watching, cut with swords, her children killed, and her houses destroyed. This may be a troubling metaphor for modern readers, but it served its theological purpose in a patriarchal society.

Ezekiel 25-32 consists of prophecies against the other nations. The bulk of these oracles are centered on Tyre, the capital of Phoenicia, and Egypt. According to these chapters, Tyre is a jewel of a city, like the Garden of Eden, but in the end will get what it deserves for its leader’s arrogant pretension against God. Egypt as well faces the impending judgment of God. Historically, Egypt had imposed rule over Judah just before the fall of Jerusalem, and some of Judah’s kings had sought alliances with Egypt. According to Ezekiel’s oracle, this does not matter to God, for Egypt too will come to naught.

Ezekiel ( / ɪ ˈ z iː k i ə l / ) [a] is the central protagonist of the Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible .

In Judaism , Christianity , and Islam , Ezekiel is acknowledged as a Hebrew prophet. In Judaism and Christianity , he is also viewed as the 6th-century BCE author of the Book of Ezekiel that reveals prophecies regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, the restoration to the land of Israel, and what some call the Millennial Temple visions, or the Third Temple .

The author of the Book of Ezekiel presents himself as Ezekiel, the son of Buzzi, born into a priestly ( Kohen ) lineage. [1] Apart from identifying himself, the author gives a date for the first divine encounter which he presents: "in the thirtieth year". [2] If this is a reference to Ezekiel's age at the time, he was born around 622 BCE, about the time of Josiah's reforms. [3] His "thirtieth year" is given as 5 years after the exile of Judah's king Jehoiachin by the Babylonians. Josephus claims that at the request of Nebuchadnezzar II , Babylonian armies exiled three thousand Jews [4] from Judah, after deposing King Jehoiachin in 598 BCE.

“With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.” – Daniel 11:32

Growing in our knowledge of Christ draws us closer to the Savior. Today in prayer, thank Christ that He is an approachable God and One who we can know better.

“Let us give our thoughts completely to knowing God. The more one knows him, the more one wants to know him, and since love is measured commonly by knowledge, then, the deeper and more extensive knowledge shall be, so love will be the greater, and, if love is great, we shall love him equally in suffering and consolation.” – Brother Lawrence

Luke 9:23 ESV
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Ezekiel 16 and 23 portray Jerusalem as God’s wife—once faithful but now going after other gods. Ezekiel describes how God found her as an abandoned infant, but raised her and then married her. She turned into a whore, however, and paid other lovers (gods of other nations) for sex. Her punishment was to be stripped naked in public, stoned with her lovers watching, cut with swords, her children killed, and her houses destroyed. This may be a troubling metaphor for modern readers, but it served its theological purpose in a patriarchal society.

Ezekiel 25-32 consists of prophecies against the other nations. The bulk of these oracles are centered on Tyre, the capital of Phoenicia, and Egypt. According to these chapters, Tyre is a jewel of a city, like the Garden of Eden, but in the end will get what it deserves for its leader’s arrogant pretension against God. Egypt as well faces the impending judgment of God. Historically, Egypt had imposed rule over Judah just before the fall of Jerusalem, and some of Judah’s kings had sought alliances with Egypt. According to Ezekiel’s oracle, this does not matter to God, for Egypt too will come to naught.

Ezekiel ( / ɪ ˈ z iː k i ə l / ) [a] is the central protagonist of the Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible .

In Judaism , Christianity , and Islam , Ezekiel is acknowledged as a Hebrew prophet. In Judaism and Christianity , he is also viewed as the 6th-century BCE author of the Book of Ezekiel that reveals prophecies regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, the restoration to the land of Israel, and what some call the Millennial Temple visions, or the Third Temple .

The author of the Book of Ezekiel presents himself as Ezekiel, the son of Buzzi, born into a priestly ( Kohen ) lineage. [1] Apart from identifying himself, the author gives a date for the first divine encounter which he presents: "in the thirtieth year". [2] If this is a reference to Ezekiel's age at the time, he was born around 622 BCE, about the time of Josiah's reforms. [3] His "thirtieth year" is given as 5 years after the exile of Judah's king Jehoiachin by the Babylonians. Josephus claims that at the request of Nebuchadnezzar II , Babylonian armies exiled three thousand Jews [4] from Judah, after deposing King Jehoiachin in 598 BCE.


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