Among the exiles in Babylon, Ezekiel shows that Israel deserved judgment while acknowledging that God’s justice creates hope for the future.
The book of Ezekiel can seem vague and confusing for some readers, but with careful observation we see that it contains key details for understanding our relationship with God. Many of the divine visions that Ezekiel shares are relevant to God's plans for reconstructing the present world and restoring his people to our former days in the garden of Eden.
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God exiles himself with Israel
In the book of Ezekiel, we see the importance of spiritual things when compared to our temporary physical circumstances. We also get a glimpse of God's glory manifested with his presence when riding a heavenly chariot.
God's presence being revealed to Ezekiel in Babylon also demonstrates that holiness has nothing to do with geographical location; rather it's about the condition of the heart. God is moved by the faithfulness of men like Ezekiel, who became his priest not because of status but because of his faith in God. His example of faith in the midst of darkness is a model for Jesus followers everywhere.
The Lord's Chariot
God's glory appears in Babylon, appointing Ezekiel, a Jewish exile, as his prophet on Ezekiel's thirtieth birthday. Ezekiel's divine journey as God's messenger begins.
Signs and Judgment
God instructs Ezekiel to perform sign acts — reenactments and demonstrations of Israel's coming judgment — among the Jewish people. No one listens to them.
Finally, God's judgment against rebellious Israel has come to pass, and Ezekiel is told that Jerusalem has fallen to Babylon. Ezekiel continues to prophesy.
The Dry Bones
God transports Ezekiel to a valley filled with the bones of fallen Israelites. Can these bones live? Yes, but only by God's Spirit who can renew hearts.
New Garden Temple
An angel shows Ezekiel a new temple, new earth, and renewed creation. God has not forgotten his people, and he will make all things new again.
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