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Ezekiel Chapter 7 and 8

Ezekiel Chapter 7 and 8

I.       Ezekiel Chapter 7

A.     Structure

1.      An End is coming. Ezk 7:3f: “…according to thy ways, …and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.”

2.        An unheard disaster is coming. Ezk 7:9: “…according to thy ways and thine abominations …and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD that smiteth.”

3.        The consequence is fatal. Ezk 7:27 “…according to their deserts will I judge them; …they shall know that I [am] the LORD.”

 a.      sword [is] without, and the pestilence and the famine within (vs.15)

 b.      The temple will be polluted and destroyed (vs. 21ff)

 c.      Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor (vs. 26)

 d.      King shall mourn, and people shall tremble (vs. 27)

B.     Key words

1.        End (vs. 2, 3, 6): appears 5 times.

2.        Evil/mischief: (vs. 5, 7, 10, 26): Appear 6 times.

3.        Abomination. (vs. 3, 4, 8, 9, 20): appear 5 times.

C.     Observation:

1.        The urgent repeated sentence:

 a.      An end, the end comes (vs. 2)

 b.      An evil, an only evil. (vs. 5)

 c.      The end is come, the end is come. (vs. 6)

 d.      Behold, the day! Behold,(vs.10)

 e.      The time is come, the day draws near (vs.12)

 f.       Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: (vs. 9)

 g.      Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumor shall be upon rumor (vs. 26)

2.        The metaphor

 a.      Pride occurs like the rod blossom. ()

 b.      Violence is risen up into a rod (7:11). It was to punish Israel.

 c.      Like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning. (7:16)

 d.      And all knees shall be weak as water. (7:17)

3.        (v13): When the land was sold in Israel, the transaction was always temporary. Every 50 years, during the Year of Jubilee, the property reverted to its original owners (Lev. 25:10, 13-17). However, God’s coming judgment would prevent original owners from reclaiming their properties; they would be in exile along with the buyers.

D.     Learning.

1.        At the last day, there shall be urgent warning when the disaster is at the door (vs.1f). Disaster had been predicted for Jerusalem by Micah (Micah ), but that prophecy had remained unfulfilled for over 100 years. When Jesus came, it was the beginning of the last day. The early workers in apostolic time had strong sense of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Later on, Elder Peter needed to explain that the Lord was not late, but it was for a good purpose. The TJC in the last day will assume the responsibility to proclaim the urgent coming of Jesus. The message shall give to his workers over and over again (7:1, 5).

2.        God will punish people according to their ways. (7:3f, 9, 27)

 a.      Their bloody crime will be punished (vs. 23)

 b.      Their violence will be punished (vs. 23)

 c.      Their pride will be ceased. (vs. 24)

 d.      The idols in the temple will be destroyed. (vs. 24)

 e.      In the book of Roman, it does not only talk about “justify by faith”, it also mentions “judges by deeds” (Rom 2:6). The book of life and other books will be opened. All people shall stand in front of the white throne of the judgment seats. All shall be judged according to their deeds recorded in the books.

3.        At time of judgment, there shall be no mercy (7:4). It is fearful to fall into the hands of God (Heb10:31). Their reliance is of no use.

 a.      Not their properties (vs. 12f)

 b.      Not their power. (vs.14)

 c.      Not their money. (vs.19)

 d.      Not their temple. (vs. 20)

 e.      Not their prophet and priest. (vs. 21)

 f.       Not their king. (vs. 25)

II.    Ezekiel Chapter 8

A.     Structure.

1.        Vs. 1-3: The Spirit of God led Ezekiel to see visions.

2.        Vs. 5-16: Ezekiel saw four evils of Israel in the spirit.

3.        Vs. 17-18: The conclusion of God: “Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare,…

B.     Key words.

1.        Image of jealousy (vs. 4): Idol provokes the jealousy of God.

2.        Hand of God. (vs.1): the spirit of God.

3.        Tammuz: (vs.13): Sumerian god of vegetation. According to the pagan religion, Tammuz was betrayed by his lover, Ishtar, and as a result dies each autumn. The wilting of the vegetation at that time of year is seen as a sign of his death. This caused great mourning in the ancient world, and was why the women in Jerusalem wept (by Holman Bible Dictionary).

C.     Observations.

1.        When it comes to the judgment of God, God is like fire (vs. 2). For our God [is] a consuming fire (Heb 12:29).

2.        Where the seat of the image of jealousy is, the glory of the God of Israel was there. It was a shock to the author (vs. 4). However, the spirit eventually left. A holy God could not stay at a detested place forever.

3.        The evil of their deeds were getting worse and worse. “…and thou shall see greater abominations” (vs. 6, 13, 15). God told Abraham that his descendents would in stay in Egypt for years, because the evil of the Canaanite was not full yet. One day, when the evil of this world is full, we can see the judgment day comes.

4.        The elders came to ask questions from the Lord and sat in front of Ezekiel (Ref 14:1). However, they already received the false gods into their hearts (14:3f). They got killed first in the judgment day (9:6).

D.     Learning.

1.        All the evil things are found in the temple. The temple is church now a day. We need to be aware of the evil things that are occurring in the church of God right now.

2.        God hated idols (vs. 3). He almost killed the whole Israelites when they worshiped the golden cow. Believers now a day have invisible idols.

3.        One needs to dig into the wall of hearts in order to find the shadow/darkness in our spirituality.

4.        The 70 elders stood in front of the idols. The 70 elders are the total number of elder. (ref: Num 11:25). They did not sin in the eyes of man, but in secret. They took the incense, yet standing in front of idols. No wonder that bible says that no one standing on the breach (Eze 22:30). We need to remember the church always in our prayer.