November 14

November 14

 

Ezekiel 7-9

 

There’s a Judgment Day Coming on Judah             Ezekiel 4-24, cont’d.

 

Ezekiel 6-7             Prophecies of Judgment through Messages, cont’d.

 

Ezekiel 7-A Description of the Judgment of God.

Ezekiel 7:1-3,6-God’s judgment would be so severe that it will bring an “end” to Judah. This “end” is also referred to as “a disaster” (:5), “the day” (:10), “the time” (:12), and “the day of the wrath of the LORD (:19).

Ezekiel 7:3,4,8,9,27; 9:10-God is going to judge Israel according to their sin.

Ezekiel 7:4,9-God will show no pity in His judgment.

 

Ezekiel 8-11           Prophecies of Judgment through Visions

 

Ezekiel 8-A Vision of Wicked Worship in the Temple.

Ezekiel 8:1-This vision occurred 14 months after Ezekiel’s call. He is supernaturally transported by an angel (:2) to Jerusalem so that he can explain to the exiles in Babylon the terrible condition that it is there and why God has brought about this judgment.

Ezekiel 8:1-4-Ezekiel has a vision of Jerusalem and its worship of false gods.

Ezekiel 8:5-6-He is first shown "the idol of jealousy" (:3) to the north of the altar gate.

 

8:3 Perhaps a replacement of the image of the goddess Asherah, originally set up by King Manasseh (2 Kings 21:7) and subsequently destroyed by Josiah (2 Kings 23:6).

The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Ezekiel 8:3, p. 1235

 

Ezekiel 8:7-12-The Object Lesson of the Hole in the Wall

Then he is told to dig through a wall at the entrance of the court.  He did so and saw paintings of animals on the walls...and the elders worshipping their spirit...this is animism.  They think that the LORD does not see them.

Ezekiel 8:13-15-He was taken to the gate of the LORD's house. There, women were praying to Tammuz.

 

8:14 Tammuz. A Babylonia deity, husband of Ishtar, who after his death supposedly became god of the underworld.  Some have understood him as a vegetarian-deity, dying in the heat of the summer and rising in the spring.  Base immorality was connected with his worship.

The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Ezekiel 8:3, p. 1235

 

Ezekiel 8:16-He was taken to the inner court of the LORD's house...25 men were there, worshipping the sun.

Ezekiel 8:17-18-God says that because of their idolatry, He will have no pity on them.

 

Verse 17-“putting the twig to their nose”

Message translation

They fill the country with violence and now provoke me even further with their obscene gestures.

New Living Translation

…leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at me, and provoking my anger?

 

they put the branch to their nose'-a proverbial expression denoting perhaps their scoffing at God and having him in derision; they snuffed at his service, as men do when they put a branch to their nose. Or it was some custom used by idolaters in honour of the idols they served. We read of garlands used in their idolatrous worships (Acts 14:13), out of which every zealot took a branch which they smelled to as a nosegay. Dr. Lightfoot (Hor. Heb. in John 15.6) gives another sense of this place: They put the branch to their wrath, or to his wrath, as the Masorites read it; that is, they are still bringing more fuel (such as the withered branches of the vine) to the fire of divine wrath, which they have already kindled, as if that wrath did not burn hot enough already. Or putting the branch to the nose may signify the giving of a very great affront and provocation either to God or man; they are an abusive generation of men.

Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Ezekiel 8,

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/mhc/Eze/Eze_008.cfm?a=810017

 

Ezekiel 9-A Vision of the Death of the People

Ezekiel 9:1-11-God initiates judgment on all of those who have participated in idolatry. He sends 6 angels to go through the city to slay those who are worshipping the false gods.  However, one of the angels is given the task of identifying those who do not worship the false gods by putting a mark on their forehead (:4).  This will identify them to the other angels and they will be spared.

 

9:3 cherub. Used collectively for the cherubim (plural of cherub) over the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. The glory of the Lord departed to the threshold of the Temple (also 10:4), then to the east gate of the outer court (10:18-19), and finally to the Mount of Olives (11:23). Ezekiel also envisioned it returning eventually to the millennial Temple (43:2-5).

The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Ezekiel 9:3, p. 1236

 

Prayer: Lord, could it be that these people thought that You are so small, so impotent…that when the city was conquered that You were conquered?  Did they fail to recognize that You were behind this judgment?  It’s almost as if they are trying to shift the blame from themselves…to You.  As if it is Your fault that they were conquered.  Please, Lord…don’t let me ever become so enamored with myself…that I become incapable of recognizing and accepting sin in my life.

 

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