As we wrap up our study in Ezekiel, we continue to look at the various conditions of the Millennium along with the area around the temple. We’re reminded during this time (as the city is called): The Lord is there!
We continue to look at the new temple coming in the Millennium and the worship and practice that God has lined up for it.
Ezekiel is given a vision of a temple sitting in Jerusalem. Their previous temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, so this new temple would give those in exile hope of what God had in store. We look at what the significance is of this temple and the timeline for it.
These chapters have some very interesting prophetic importance to them as we look at a future battle coming against Israel. Who’s involved, what’s the purpose, what’s the outcome? We look at these questions in our study of Ezekiel 38-39.
Sitting as captives in Babylon wouldn’t have been a fun experience for Israel. In fact it may have felt like all hope was lost for God fulfilling His promises. But we turn a corner now in our study through Ezekiel and begin to see what God has in store for His people. He’s not done with Israel yet!
Ezekiel continues to prophecy against the nations around Israel who were feeling strong and secure. But because of their pride, God will humble them. And God reminds Ezekiel that his role is to be a watchman, warning people repent and turn to the Lord and experience His grace.
We continue to look at a couple nations surrounding Israel that were soon going to feel the hand of the Lord against them. Their common struggle was that of pride. They began to consider themselves a god rather than rely on the One True God. And thinks won’t work out so well for them.
Ezekiel is called to give a parable of a cooking pot with meat in it over an open fire. This all symbolized the Babylonian siege against Jerusalem. God had given His people time to repent but they were unwilling. It was now time to show them that the heat was getting turned up. And not only for Judah, but for the surrounding nations that laughed at Jerusalem’s demise.
Judah is being exposed once more to their great sins and the reason why God would bring the Babylonians against them as judgment. One picture God gives is that of a furnace that would melt all the metal ore where the dross would come to the top. And the Lord would have to scrape away all those impurities. Judah was to be like precious silver, but instead they had become like the impure dross.
There had been many excuses that the Israelites had been hanging on to regarding their situation and circumstances. But the Lord lays it all out for them that they’ve got nobody to blame but themselves. Sin has corrupted them. But God shows us His grace and mercy because He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He gives opportunity after opportunity for people to get right with Him.
Wednesday Night Series: The book of Ezekiel