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AN OVERVIEW OF EZEKIEL

CH OUTLINE CONTENT IMAGE/ THEMES THEOLOGY


PART ONE JUDGEMENT ON JUDAH
In Babylon, Ezekiel sees the throne seat Four living creatures The presence of the Lord is with Israel in Babylon, not
Vision of 1:4-28
1 YHWH Theophany
of YHWH Intersecting wheels attached to Jerusalem Temple
Glory of the Lord See Woodhouse, Block on use of ruach (wind, spirit)
2:1-7 Speech YHWH speaks to Ezekiel and sends him A Rebellious House Ez obedient to the words of YHWH where Israel failed,
Call and 2:8-3:3 Act
to the Exiles The scroll of lament set apart as YHWH’s servant, conversion experience.
2 Commissionin 3:4-11 Speech
g of Ezekiel 3:12-15
Theophany
Ezekiel is commissioned to prophesy & Hardened & Israel has failed to listen to YHWH and will not listen
be a watchman ® to Tel Abib Obstinate People to Ez
3 Spirit lifts Ez Up At Kebar, Ez unable to speak, subject to YHWH’s
v.12 control. Prob: Ezekiel to speak to individuals, not
whole nation
Ezekiel acts 4:1-3 Model of Ezekiel builds a model of Jerusalem and Clay tablet, iron These acts symbolise YHWH’s judgment upon Israel.
Jerusalem
out the lays siege to it Ezekiel commanded to pan, fasting, human Questions are raised over the dating in terms of who
4:4-8 Lying on
Judgement to left and right complete torturous acts, portraying the excrement, pooh! is being judged, Judah or Israel, or both
4 come upon 4:9-17 Eating judgement on Israel
Judah famine rations
5:1-4 Shaving
5:5-17 Oracle
of Judgement
After the siege, Ezekiel is to shed his Plague, famine,
hair sword, destruction
5 of Jerusalem centre

Oracle against Judgement against high places – Israel’s idolatry Detestable Judgement is imminent. YHWH will pour out his wrath
6 the Mountains Practices against the nation
(DP)
Oracle against Judgement against the violence in the land of Israel
7 the Land
Idolatry in the 1-4 Ez transported to Jerusalem Ezekiel is shown the Idols and false From Ezekiel 8 – 11 YHWH’s glory is removed from the
5-6 1st DP: image of jealousy
Temple Courts idolatry of the Jerusalem worship, temple Jerusalem Temple: YHWH is driven from his sanctuary.
7-13 2nd DP: animal worship
8 in Jerusalem 14-15 3rd DP: weeping for cult. courts YHWH promises to deal with the priesthood and
Tammuz eldership who are responsible for promoting idolatry
16-18 4th DP: sun worship
Slaughter of Man in Linen Theme of the Glory of YHWH is lifted above the sanctuary. This act
1-2 The summoning of the
city idolaters guards commanded to slaughter Remnant of judgement is the first stage of the judgement
vs. 3-7 The despatch of the guards all those without the Slaughter and announced in 8:18
9 Mark on 8 Ezekiel’s protest mark of YHWH because bloodshed
9-10 YHWH’s response
lamenters the Land is full of
11 The report of the guards
bloodshed

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The City in 1-8 man in linen ordered to Glory of the Lord departs Coal scattered over Glory departs Jerusalem: YHWH’s kingship removed:
destroy the city
10 flames from the temple as it is the city by burning city is final part of the judgement
9-22 YHWH mounts chariot to
leave the city destroyed by fire Cherubim
Oracle against 1-4 a. Spirit lifts Ez up ® East of Temple The slain will be Glory moves East to the Mountains, Ezekiel
5-12 b. Ez prophesies against leaders
the Leaders meat in the city: transported by the Spirit to Babylonia: YHWH has
13 c. Death of Pelatiah and Ez reaction
11 14-21 b. Ez prophesies to fellow exiles ‘a cooking pot’ completely abandoned Israel: the remnant are those
22-25 a. Glory departs, Spirits lifts Ez up ® to Babylonia who YHWH will give a new heart - Ez 37 (compare
with 11:19)
Oracle to the Ezekiel performs a sign act of the exile. Judgement is
12 Prince of Israel immanent on Jerusalem

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AN OVERVIEW OF EZEKIEL
CH OUTLINE CONTENT IMAGE/THEMES THEOLOGY
Oracle against Judgement upon the false prophets
13 the Prophets
Oracle against Elders of Israel accused of setting up idols in their
14 Idolatry hearts
Judgment by Israel is a vine which will be destroyed as wood for
15 Fire fire
Israel’s 1-44 YHWH expresses his relationship to Israel as a Baby, naked, Compare with Hosea
Adultery father caring for an infant. Israel grew up to be a innocent, lustful
16 Judged harlot
45-59 Samaria, Israel and Edom
60-63 The Covenant will be restored
Analogy of the Israel’s political arrangements with Egypt and 22-24 Israel will be replanted and grow to become a
17 Vine Babylon characterised and explained splendid cedar on a high mountain
Israel’s future indicated
YHWH asserts Judgement of Israel justified – ‘every living soul
18 His belongs to me’. The Law expounded
sovereignty
Lament for The exodus and the exile Lions
19 Princes of
Israel
Message to 1-39 Failure uphold the Law and repel sins of the Israel will serve YHWH on His Holy Mountain
20 the Elders fathers
40-48 Promise to restore Israel on the Holy Mountain
Judgement by Announcement of destruction by the sword of the
21 Sword Lord: Babylon
Israel to be Israel will be a scorn to the nations and the people
22 scattered will be scattered
23 Two Woman Oholah: Samaria, Ohoilbah: Israel – prostitutes
Siege of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem. Ezekiel’s wife dies, Cooking pot
24 Jerusalem Ezekiel is not to mourn – sign act for Jerusalem

PART TWO JUDGEMENT ON THE NATIONS


25 Minor Nations Judgment on Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia
Tyre Judgment: Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon will destroy
26 Tyre
27 Tyre Lament for Tyre, The Jewel of the East
King of Tyre 1-19 Ruler a god who falls, and a king in Eden, upon Eden, fiery stones, Relates the theme of King in His Garden, who is this
the mountain of God, who falls from the fullness of wisdom, garden pre-existent ruler in the garden of God (see H.G. May,
28 King of Sidon wisdom 1962)
20-26
Pharaoh of Judgment: Nebuchadnezzar will destroy Egypt
29 Egypt Restoration: Egypt will be an example for Israel
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30 North Africa Judgment on Egypt, Cush, Lydia, Put, Arabia
31 Egypt Comparison with Assyria, Egypt will be brought down A Cedar in Lebanon CT in Garden imagery, Tree in the Garden (Edenic)

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AN OVERVIEW OF EZEKIEL
CH OUTLINE CONTENT IMAGE/THEMES THEOLOGY
Pharaoh of Lament for Egypt. Summary of the judgement on the A lion among the
32 Egypt Nations nations

PART THREE HOPE FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD


THE NATURE OF RESTORATION
Watchman 01-20 Ezekiel called to be a watchman – see Ch 3 The Land
33 21-22 The Fall of Jerusalem
Message 1 23-33 validity of the Abrahamic Promises
34 Message 2 Problem of faulty leadership under review Shepherds & Sheep Yahweh will rule through a Davidic Prince not King
35 Message 3 Removal of Israel’s enemies: Judgement of Edom Mt Seir
Message 4 01-15 Discussion of possible threats continues To the Mountains Restoration and renewal not based on Dt blessings
16-23 Israel’s Idolatry in the Land and curses but upon Divine fidelity. Notion of inward
36 24- YHWH will gather Israel from the nations for His guidance through the Spirit for all. YHWH will dwell
name’s sake – a new heart and spirit, the heart of within his people by His Spirit. Land Restored...
flesh
Message 5 01-08 Breath enters to form bodies Valley of Dry Bones Clear ref to Gen 2:7, YHWH breathes life into Adam.
37 09-14 Breath to give life New life through the Spirit of God – Recreation.
15-28 Two Sticks – reunited people Promise of sanctuary amongst the people of God
Message 6 Judgement of Gog of Magog Potential reference to end times of Messianic Age.
38 YHWH will display his holiness and sovereignty
throughout the entire world
39
THE NEW TEMPLE/COSMIC MOUNTAIN
Temple Ezekiel taken to a very high mountain, spiritual Solomonic in Only Zadokites can minister from the house of Levi,
Described transported character but a worship is central
40 V5+ Temple Complex described definite move from
the past
41 Temple Complex continued
42
Glory Arrives Vision of Throne over the temple Kebar imagery Absence of a king but divine rule
43 Regulations for the institution
44 Glory Dwells The Glory fills the temple, further regulations
Allotment of Sacred district marked out for the Sanctuary to Dwell Prince to preside over the city
45 the Land
46 Sacrifices Further priestly regulations Prince to perform priestly duties
1: River of Life 01-12 From the temple toward the East River brings life to the land, and food for the people
2: Boundaries 13-23 Land allotted to the various tribes but no land The 12 tribes surround the temple, but there is no
47 mentioned territory mentioned. Israel is wholly dependent on
YHWH
48 Tribes of Israel Allotment of Land and borders of the city

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NOTES: Chapters in grey are those designated for exegesis

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