Ezekiel 9 – 12

Ezekiel  – 9 and 10

Following the prophecy of judgment, with Ezekiel recorded in chapters 6 and 7, and the vision of chapter 8, which illustrated in detail why such a judgment was justified, the prophet here gives a picture of God acting in judgment in the destruction of both the people (chapter 9) and the city (chapter 10) according to his word in 8:18.

  1. Chapter 9. What was God’s answer to the prophet’s cry of distress? Cf. Jer. 14:19; 15:1. Who alone were spared, and why? How were they distinguished from others? Compare the distinguishing marks that similarly brought men salvation, described in Exod. 12:13; Rev. 7:1-3; 14:1.
  2. Chapter 10. To what use were the burning coals put, and what did they symbolize? How does this differ from their function in Isaiah’s vision (Is. 6:6, 7)?

Notes

  1. ‘The cherubim’ of chapter 10 are the same as the ‘living creatures’ which featured in the vision of chapter 1.
  2. 10:14. We would expect to find the word ‘ox’ instead of ‘cherub’, and this should probably be understood (cf. 1:10).

Ezekiel  – 11

  1. The political leaders in Jerusalem thought they were safe within the fortification of Jerusalem, as flesh in a pot is safe from the fire (verse 3). What does God say concerning them? For the fulfillment of the prophecy, see 2:Kgs. 25:18-21.
  2. The people of Jerusalem thought that they were favored of the Lord, and would be given possession of the land, while those in exile would be cut off (verse 15). But what was God’s purpose concerning those in exile (verse 16-20)?
  3. Trace the steps by which the glory of God withdrew from his temple. See 8:3, 4; 9:3; 10:4, 19; 11:1, 23. What hint is given in chapter 11 as to the possibility of the return of the glory and under what conditions? Cf. 43:1-4, 9.

Notes

  1. Verse 1. ‘Jaazaniah son of Azzur’: a different man from the Jaazaniah of 8:11.
  2. Verse 23b. ‘The mountain’: i.e., the Mount of Olives.

Ezekiel  – 12 and 13

  1. 12:1-20 declares by two vivid symbolic actions on the part of the prophet the doom that was in store both for the people of Jerusalem (verses 3, 4, 18, 19) and for the king (verses 5, 6, 10-16). Having grasped the significance of the prophecy, turn to 2 Kgs. 25:1-7 to see how exactly it was fulfilled.
  2. Note the two scoffing remarks in 12:22 and 27. What does this signify? How are they paralleled in modern attitudes to the second coming of Christ? Cf. 2 Pet. 3:8-10.
  3. Chapter 13. Condemnation of false prophets. By what two vivid images are they described (see verses 4 and 10, 11), and what is the effect of their prophesying (verses 6, 10a, 22)? What phrase differentiating them from true prophets occurs twice in the chapter?

Note

  1. 13:18-21. The magic armbands and veils were devices used by sooth Sayers and clairvoyants to deceive gullible victims. The handfuls of barley and pieces of bread were probably used in forms of divination, forecasting life or death to inquirers.
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