Ezekiel – 14 & 15

  1. 14:1-11. (a) If men whose hearts are inwardly alienated from God come professing to seek guidance from him, will God answer them?
    What must they first do?
    If they do not do so, what will be their end?
    (b) If a prophet should fail to follow this rule, and attempt to give guidance, how will God deal with him?
  2. People might ask, ‘Will not the presence of righteous men among a sinful nation save it from destruction?’
    Cf. eg., Gen. 18:23-26. How does God in reply show that in the present instance the righteous will be saved out of the destruction, but will not be able to save others?
    Cf. 9:4-6; Jer. 15:1. If any should escape, what purpose will this accomplish (see 14:22, 23)?

 Notes

  1. Noah, Daniel and Job are probably all three patriarchal characters. It is not likely that Ezekiel would be thinking of his contemporary in exile, Daniel the prophet. We know of a Daniel from the Ras Shamra tablets of 1400 BC. And this is a more likely identification.
  2. 15:2. For another example of Israel as God’s vine, see Is. 5:1-7.
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