1 Route 66 Understanding Ezekiel Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church August 24, 2016 Ezekiel 6:7 (ESV) And the slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the LORD. Structure of Ezekiel 1. 2. 3. 4.
Commission of Ezekiel (1-3) Desolation of Jerusalem (4-24) Judgment on Gentiles (25-32, 35) Restoration of Israel (33-48) God Will … Ezekiel 36:22-32
1. God will sanctify His name Ezekiel 36:22 (ESV) “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. Ezekiel 36:23 (ESV) And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate My holiness before their eyes. 2. God will cleanse His People Ezekiel 36:24 (ESV) I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. Ezekiel 36:25 (ESV) I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 3. God will transform His people Ezekiel 36:26 (ESV) And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
2 Ezekiel 36:27 (ESV) And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes and be careful to obey My rules. Ezekiel 36:28 (ESV) You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be My people, and I will be your God. 4. God will bless His people Ezekiel 36:29 (ESV) And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. Ezekiel 36:30 (ESV) I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Ezekiel 36:31 (ESV) Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. Ezekiel 36:32 (ESV) It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.
Understanding Ezekiel Meaning: Ezekiel means “God strengthens.” Author: Ezekiel Audience: The People of Israel Date of Writing: 592-570 BC Theme: Ezekiel’s two-fold theme was condemnation and consolation. Key Verses: Ezekiel 36:22-36 Structure of Ezekiel I. The Commission of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1-3:27) II. The Desolation of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 4-24) III. The Judgment on Gentiles (Ezekiel 25:1-32; 35:1-15) IV. The Presentation of the Shepherd of God (Ezekiel 34) V. The Restoration of Israel (Ezekiel 36-37) VI. The Demonstration of God’s Wrath (Ezekiel 38-39) VII. The Manifestation of the Glory of God (Ezekiel 40-48) Theological Themes: The glory of the Lord (1, 3, 10, 11, 43, 44) God’s holiness and sovereignty (1:26-28; 43:1-7) God’s purpose “to know that I am Lord,” (60+times) God holds each individual accountable to be righteous (18:3-32) Sinfulness in Israel and other nations (2:3-7; 8:9, 10) God’s wrath in dealing with sin (7:1-8; 15:8) God’s grace in restoring Abraham’s people to the land of the covenant (34, 36-48) Ezekiel – Israel’s Watchman Ezekiel was a priest and a prophet Ezekiel was exiled to Babylon in 597 BC with 10,000 others Ezekiel was 25 years old when exiled Ezekiel was called into ministry at the age of 30 Ezekiel’s wife died while exiled Ezekiel ministered in captivity in Babylon Ezekiel prophesied for 22 years Ezekiel was a contemporary of Jeremiah and Daniel Daniel was well known in Babylon when Ezekiel arrived
Route 66: The Highway of Redemption from Genesis to Revelation Bell Shoals Baptist Church - Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor