August 27, 2014

AUTHOR:  Ezekiel, a priest. (1:1-3)

DATE:  Approximately the 590s-570s BC

IN TEN WORDS OR LESS:  Though Israel is in exile, the nation will be restored.

DETAILS:  Ezekiel, an exiled Jew in Babylon, becomes God’s spokesman to fellow exiles, He shares unusual (even bizarre) visions with the people, reminding them of the sin that led to their captivity but also offering hope of national restoration.

QUOTABLE:  I have no pleasure in the death of Him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. (18:32)

UNIQUE AND UNUSUAL:  Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones is one of the Bible’s strangest images: “I prophesied as I was commanded: and…there was a noise, and behold a shaking and the bones came together…The sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them above…And the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (37:7-8, 10).

SO WHAT:  Ezekiel strongly teaches personal responsibility: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right…he shall surely live” (18:4-5, 9)