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I.

II.

Ezekiel is called, commissioned, and confirmed in his ministry to Israel.

  • A.

    Ezekiel’s ministry is set in the context of captivity.

  • B.

    Ezekiel is confronted with a vision of Yahweh’s glory.

  • C.

    Ezekiel is called to declare Yahweh’s word to rebellious Israel.

    • 1.

      Ezekiel is commissioned to go to a rebellious people.

    • 2.

      Ezekiel is cautioned not to rebel or be discouraged in the face of Israel’s rebuff of his message.

    • 3.

      Ezekiel is encouraged by Yahweh’s glorious presence and sent to his ministry.

  • D.

    Ezekiel is commissioned in his ministry to Israel as watchman and prophet.

    • 1.

      Ezekiel is commissioned in his ministry as a watchman.

      • a.

        Ezekiel is instructed about the nature of his ministry to the unresponsive of Israel.

      • b.

        Ezekiel is instructed about the method of his ministry with respect to the coming judgment of Jerusalem.

        • 1)

          He is to enact the siege of Jerusalem.

        • 2)

          He is to enact the destruction of Jerusalem.

    • 2.

      Ezekiel is commissioned to his ministry as a prophet.

  • E.

    Ezekiel is confirmed as to the imminence of the judgment he was to proclaim.

Ezekiel announces that judgment is at hand for Judah and the Nations.

  • A.

    Ezekiel depicts Judah’s judgment as imminent.

    • 1.

      The departure of the glory of Yahweh from the temple signals the inevitability of judgment.

      • a.

        Ezekiel is shown the abominations of the temple, which have provoked Yahweh’s departure from the sanctuary.

      • b.

        As the glory prepares to depart, the wicked of the temple are symbolically slain.

      • c.

        As the glory further departs coals of purifying judgment are cast over the whole city.

      • d.

        Wicked counselors are judged for their false advice.

      • e.

        Following Yahweh’s assurance of His intention to protect and renew Israel, his glory departs Jerusalem.

      • f.

        Ezekiel enacts Israel’s captivity.

      • g.

        Ezekiel assures Israel that their captivity is not far off, pronouncing judgment on prophets who say otherwise.

    • 2.

      The persistent unfaithfulness of Judah proves the necessity of judgment.

      • a.

        Israel will be punished for her idolatry.

      • b.

        Israel will be punished for persistent unfaithfulness, though a remnant will remain.

      • c.

        The land will become desolate.

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1:1—7:27 1:1–3 1:4–28 2:1—3:14 2:1–7

2:8—3:11

3:12–14

3:15—6:14 3:15—5:17

3:15–27

4:1—5:17 4:1–17 5:1–17 6:1–14

7:1–27 8:1—33:20 8:1—19:14

8:1—13:23

8:1–18

9:1–11

10:1–22 11:1–13

11:14–25 12:1–16

12:17—13:23

14:1—19:14 14:1–11

14:12–23 15:1–8

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