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Ezekiel BS No.

19 19 October 2006 with Vivienne Tel:26 947828


With acknowledgements to Chris Wright The Message of Ezekiel, IVP, 2001.
Read Ezekiel chapters 29:1 – 32:32
Theme: Then the nations will know that I am the Lord
Reminder
Introduction, but first a preview of Ezekiel’s new message
1. Restoring Yahweh’s role as the divine shepherd/king of Israel (34:1-31)
2. Restoring Yahweh’s land (35:1-36:15)
3. Restoring Yahweh’s honour (36:16-38)
4. Restoring Yahweh’s people 37:1-14)
5.Restoring Yahweh’s covenant (37:15-28)
6. Restoring Yahweh’s supremacy (38:1-39:29)
7. Restoring God’s presence among his people (40:1-46:24)
8. Restoring Yahweh’s presence in the land (47:1-48:35)
Before the preview comes an undated section which increases the suspense between
the news of the start of the siege of Jerusalem and the news pf its actual fall. Note the
fulcrum text in 28:24-28 and Isaiah 40:5. Consider how Yahweh uses the nations to
punish Israel but also punishes the nations for their own iniquity.

Now we study Chapter 29:1-32:32 on Egypt and her imperial delusions.


Questions
1. Identify the 7 sections in these chapters giving the modern dates for each of them.

2. Basically what does ‘son of man’ mean in the context of the book of Ezekiel?

3. Ezekiel 29:1-16. How was Pharaoh, crocodile of the Nile, reduced?

4. Ezekiel 29:17-21. How did Jeremiah and Ezekiel regard Nebuchadnessar? What did
he do in regard to Egypt?

5. Ezekiel 30:1-19. How will Egypt experience God’s judgment on the day of the
Lord?

6. Ezekiel 30:20-26. How did Nebuchadnezzar break the military might of Pharaoh?

7. Ezekiel 31:1-1-18. What does the cutting down of Egypt’s cosmic tree signify?

8. Ezekiel 32:1-1-16. How was the Egyptian monster destroyed?


PTO

9. Ezekiel 32:17-32. What does Pharaoh’s and his army’s descent to the underworld
signify?
Conclusion: God and the nations.

a. the sovereignty of God in the midst of human history. Daniel 4:17, 34-35

b. the universality of God’s sovereignty. Exodus 15:18; Ezekiel 29:17-20

c. the focus of God’s sovereignty. Isaiah 45:1-2

d. the consistency of God’s sovereignty. Quote Wright pp. 260-2. Amos 3:1-2,
Jeremiah 12:14-17. Isaiah 19:19-25 and 45:22-23.

e. the transience of empires as the pattern of human history. Ezekiel 27:32 and
30:18.

f. the knowledge of God as the goal of God’s mission. Philippiaans 2:10-12 – a


verse from an early Christian hymn in which is inserted the name of Jesus into a
quotation of an OT affirmation about Yahweh in Isaiah 45:23-24. Also note Psalms.
22:27; 33:8; 47:7-9; 61:1-7; 72:17-19; 96:1-13; 98:12-4; 117; 148:11.