Ezekiel 1-37

Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson should encourage us to fulfill our responsibilities as "shepherds of Israel".

Introduction To Ezekiel

  1. Son of Buzi.
  2. Spoke of as "the priest".
  3. He was among the group carried to Babylon in 598 BC. with king Jehoiachin.
  4. He was married & his wife died during the Babylonian captivity.
  5. Date of his mission: abt 593-571 BC.
  6. He prophesied to the Jews in captivity in Babylonia.
  7. Contemporary prophets:
  8. Nebuchadnezzar was king in Babylonia.
  9. Brother Duane S. Crowther: "Ezekiel lived the life of a captive and labored among Jewish exiles and slaves in Babylonia. Like Jeremiah, he was commanded to perform symbolic actions. Like Jeremiah, he struck out at the sins of Judah and gave the reason for God's rejection of his chosen people. Though of an upper class heritage before going into captivity, he was forced to live a life of poverty and despair. He ministered to the common people while Daniel ministered to the royalty." (Prophets & Prophecies of The Old Testament, p529)

The Call Of Ezekiel - Chapter 2

  1. READ 2:2-5. The call of Ezekiel.
  2. READ 2:6-7. Ezekiel to preach unto them in spite of their rebelliousness.
  3. READ 2:8-10. Ezekiel commanded to eat the book.

Watchmen In Zion - Chapter 3

  1. READ 3:17-21. Ezekiel to be a watchman.

Chapters 4 & 5

FOUR symbolic acts performed by Ezekiel to demonstrate the fate of Jerusalem & Judah.

  1. The Siege of Jerusalem:
  2. A Representation of the length of the iniquity of Israel & Judah.
  3. The Famine in Jerusalem.
  4. The Destruction of Jerusalem.

Repentance & Forgiveness - Chapter 18

  1. READ EZEKIEL 18:1-4. Men accountable for their own sins and not that of their fathers.
  2. The Lord explains this principle through Ezekiel:
  3. READ 18:20-22. The principle of accountability and forgiveness.
  4. Ezekiel 18:24: "But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die."
  5. READ EZEKIEL 18:30-31. Cast aside your sins.

Chapter 33

  1. READ EZEKIEL 33:14-16. Promises to the repentant sinner.
  2. READ EZEKIEL 33:30-32. The people hear, but do not.

The Shepherds Of Israel - Chapter 34

  2. READ EZEKIEL 34:1-4. Shepherds of Israel condemned.
  3. READ EZEKIEL 34:5-6. Results of the shepherds' mode of operation.
  4. READ EZEKIEL 34:8-10. What will happen to the shepherds.
  5. READ 34:11-15. The Lord to gather & feed his flock.

Chapter 36

  1. This chapter speaks of the last days and the gathering of Israel.
  2. READ 36:8-11. Israel to be restored to her inheritance.
  3. READ 36:24-28. Israel to be blessed with a new heart & spirit.

The Stick Of Judah & The Stick Of Joseph - Chapter 37

  1. READ 37:1-14. Ezekiel's vision of the valley which was full of dry bones.
  2. READ 37:15-17. Stick of Judah & Stick of Joseph.
  3. READ 37:26-28. Ezekiel sees a latter-day temple in Jerusalem.


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