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Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 form a unit. One describing an attack on Israel by a conglomeration of nations (likely Russia and her allies) in the latter days. Thus far we have studied the alliance, wicked as it is, then the conflict itself … and its outcome! Bad news for anti-Semitism! Good news for Israel, […]
The noun is “theodicy.” It means “the justness of God,” literally. And in today’s Ezekiel Text God is giving us a prime example of “theodicy” at its very best! In fact … GOD IS HERE HIS OWN ADVOCATE, HIS OWN DEFENDER! The question, “Why has God allowed Israel to suffer such agony?” “Why the hardship she […]
God’s GLORY! That seems to be the ultimate Theme of this two-chapter Span in Ezekiel. Here’s what I mean. Our Lord is clearly preparing a “feast,” one of dead bodies! In an event that will recur at the Battle of Armageddon, the predatory birds of the air (but here, the beasts of the field too) are […]
My paragraph divisions in these Ezekiel lessons may see arbitrary. But really, if I know my heart, I’ve been discussing these chapter sections as “led of the Lord.” Plus (I trust) a little dose of human “logic” … which He has so graciously bestowed on us all. This morning Ezekiel 39:8-16 just “jumped out” at me! […]
A scientist reading Ezekiel (or any other Book of the Bible) will see certain things that I miss. Of course, that scientist must be a “Believer” in the things of God, not a skeptic. Certain “links,” or “logical developments.” Today’s verses show such a situation, with our God speaking. “And I will smite thy bow […]
We’re in the middle of the “marathon” battle of “God and Magog.” Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, actually the “Battle that was not!” Because God defeated Israel’s confederate enemies before they ever did the least bit of damage to her unique Land! Or should I say, “God’s Unique Land?” Today Ezekiel 38:17-23 is our focus, […]
God knows mathematics. He, being the Creator, even knows fractions! And Bible Prophecy is FULL of numbers. For example, today’s Text … “Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn […]
Israel seems to have had enemies, perpetually! As long as there has been a Jew, there has been someone to hate that Jew. One reason being the Jewish people are the family through which God sent His Son into the world. The nearly supernatural (world-wide) despite for that little nation is PROOF to me my […]
Just one verse? For today, yes. And it is a “hard” one to interpret, at that. I know what I “hope” it means, but that does not count! I know what the army of “commentators” say of it, but they are often wrong! So we must study the words, the names, and see how the […]
This Ezekiel 38-39 Text does unfold rather slowly. Today’s verses add to the Story, however. Here God is (still) speaking: “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place […]
It’s a confederacy! A whole “bloc” of nations (from large to small) ready to strike Israel! Sometime in the future, when (finally) that little Land is at peace, at rest. Such a story, a prophecy, gives Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. Our job today is to try identifying these aggressors. “Son of man, set thy […]
Today we begin our study of a “pair” of chapters from Ezekiel, probably his “prophetic” magnum opus! Ezekiel 38 and 39 concern Bible prophecy, for sure. A denunciation of a bloc of nations, all of whom “hate” Israel! “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against […]
As we traveled this week to our Revival Meeting (which began yesterday morning, this being Monday), Debbie was up front driving. And I was in the back seat reading, studying for the upcoming Sermons. That’s when I saw the “connection!” How very (inordinately) many ways the Prophet Ezekiel seems to be like the Prophet Moses! This theme will […]
Ezekiel 37:1-14 may be the best-known Text in all the Book of Ezekiel. The vision of the valley of dry, dead bones! Bones which suddenly came to life … on the command of God! Notice that Ezekiel is here said to be “in the spirit.” And God gives him a “tour” of this vast valley […]
After an opening (short) paragraph promising more judgment on wicked nations (with Edom still being an example, a representative) … Ezekiel chapter 36 is one of the “brightest” chapters in the Book. At least, so far! The chapter almost gives the “plan of salvation!” It begins, of course, with sin. “Son of man, when the […]
Ezekiel chapter 35 has only 15 verses. Containing bad news for the Country once called “Edom!” Yet good news for the Israelites! Herein God denunciates, promises judgment upon those Jew-hating people. Yet the name “Edom” per se does not occur in the whole chapter, not in English. Instead, the “enemy” is called “Mount Seir,” four times […]
Surely it is the “key” word in today’s chapter, Ezekiel 34. Either in the singular or the plural “shepherd” occurs 15 times, according to my count. Used metaphorically, it is a term for Israel’s “leaders,” either political, governmental or spiritual. Yes, Kings and Princes and Judges and Elders and Statesmen and Priests and Prophets, examples. This […]
Ezekiel chapter 33 is sort of a “turning point” in the Book. Chapters 1-32 mostly deal with “judgment,” with only sight intervals of “grace.” But chapters 33 through 48 (generally) seem to concentrate more on “hope,” a much brighter future for Israel and her people. Verses 1-9 return to the theme of Ezekiel being a […]
The word “pit” is used six times in Ezekiel chapter 32. A thirty-two verse “funeral dirge” pronounced by God on the wicked nation of Egypt. But first, verses 1-6 are astounding on their own. God compares Egypt to a “young lion” (fierce and dangerous, frightening the whole countryside) and to a giant “whale” (sea monster, dragon) in […]
Ezekiel chapter 31 is both a History Lesson and a superb Metaphor, both created then interpreted by our Almighty God. Egypt (the chapter’s focus) is again being warned about coming judgment. Here’s the reasoning of the chapter in a few words: “If God destroyed the mighty Assyrian Empire … can He not do the same […]
I made a little booklet once, calling it a compilation of “Pauline-isms!” Quaint sayings, unusual phrases or clauses, from the mouth of the greatest statesman Christianity has ever had, since Jesus anyway. I am tempted to try the same approach to Ezekiel! What might they be called, “Ezekiel-isms?” He certainly had a way with words, […]
I particularly enjoy the Lessons that give me the leisure of discussing a few verses, rather than many! Although I delight in the “chapter surveys” as well. And since Ezekiel preaches a total of seven sermons against Egypt, we’re going to slow down a bit and notice the second of that series. Ezekiel 29:17-21 … 17 […]
Ezekiel now shifts his emphasis from Tyre and Zion, Phoenician Cities (who were destroyed by king Nebuchadnezzar because of their sins) to the vast land of Egypt. One of the two world powers of the Prophet’s day, the other being Babylon. Ezekiel actually gives seven sermons against Egypt, seven! The first includes Ezekiel chapter 29, […]
How many chapters have now been devoted to the “destruction” of the land of the Phoenicians? I mean in the Book of Ezekiel alone! Three, chapters 26 through 28, a total of 83 verses! For such a small “nation,” those are amazing numbers! Granted, Ezekiel also gives Egypt a pretty good whacking! Russia as well, […]
In the middle of Ezekiel chapter 28, something happens! The Prophet (I believe) ceases describing a normal human being (the whole context deals with judgment on Gentile world leaders) … and begins giving information on an amazing creature! One who sounds, assuredly, like the Devil! Let’s examine verses 11-19 for a few minutes. 11 Moreover […]

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