One represents north one represents south goes into

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One represents north, one represents southGoes into great lengths to represent their lustsEzekiel chap 23 is one of the few books that we NEVER EVER read in church Ezekiel is also constantly alluding to earlier scriptureoProfoundly influenced by the books of Moses oConstantly echoing these texts oAs God’s people are taken into exileAs they are deprived of land, temple, king, they turn to the one thing they have left: the sacred writings
Thus, God’s people become increasingly serious about the book while in exile The structure and teachings of Ezekiel Ezekiel does have a clearly defined structureo3 major sections1-24= period before the fall of Jerusalem, largely concerned with impending judgment on Jerusalem (592-588) 6-7= classic “day of the lord” imagery7:5= disaster after disaster, the end has come, the time has come, the day is near, aday of tumult and joyful shouting on the mountains, I will pour out my wrath against you…”chap 4= vivid sign actsoEzekiel is told to create a model of the city of Jerusalem and to build a toy siege ramp Then he lies on his left side for 390 days symbolizing the sins of Israel And on the right side for 40 days to symbolize the sins of Judah Has to cook his food on aburning pile of cow crap Sense of inevitable doom oEarlier prophets had claimed “If Israel will repent, God will bless them.”oEzekiel doesn’t say this, doom is coming, there nothing you can do about itRather, individuals can repent, but this won’t save the nation The problem of worshipoIf God’s people are exiled from the land, can they still worship Yahweh?oSome of the visions that Ezekiel has addresses this question oThe vision of the wheels in chapter one is an exampleoEzekiel sees a vision of a giant contraption oHe is by the Keybar River in Babylon and sees this contraptionof wheels within wheels and creatures on top oThis movable throne of God is
coming towards Ezekiel and the exilesThe people can worship God in Babylon Later he will see the glory of God departing from his people and moving east 25-32= oracles against the nations the siege of Jerusalem (588-586)oThe exiles know what is going on, they get news everydayoHe begins to utter oracles against the nations, Judah, other nationsoThe Jews in Babylon were tempted to say that God was singling them out, but they must learn that God will judge ALL people oEZEKIEL IS UNDERSCORING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD!33-48underscoring the restoration of God’s peoplethe city has fallen, his thoughts return to how can God’s people be restored, how can God’s throne be re-established the people had not been faithful shepherds, thus, humanly speaking, thingswere impossiblein contrast to the unfaithful shepherds, God himself will be a shepherd to gather his sheep and bring them back to the land of promise This vision is depicted in chap 37 in the vision of the valley of dry bones oHe is told “prophecy to the bones”oThe bones start to rattle, the skulls come together, flesh appears, he prophecies to the

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