July 5th

Ezekiel 1-4

  • 1:1-3 – This gives the context of Ezekiel’s visions from God, which he is now prophesying.
  • 1:4-28 – This sets the scene of what Ezekiel sees as he receives his visions. The creatures, wheels, and dome, all play a part in showing God’s majesty as he speaks to Ezekiel.
  • V2:2 – Ezekiel, more than any other prophet, makes the Spirit an emphasis.
  • 2:2:8-3:3 – Ezekiel is twice instructed to eat a scroll. This is, in effect, asking him to fill himself with the word of God.
  • 3:12-15 – God’s wind takes Ezekiel from the sweetness of ingesting God’s scrolls back to the stark contrast of the harsh reality of the exiles. Ezekiel becomes bitter.
  • 3:16-18 – God puts a lot of pressure on Ezekiel here. He either gives the people God’s message or their destruction will be, at least partially, on his hands.
  • 3:27 – It was still on the people to make the decision whether or not to be faithful, but it was on Ezekiel to share the message of righteousness and repentance.
  • 4:1-17 – Ezekiel was to take on the punishment of Judah. They would see, through him, the ruin that was to come for them.

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