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Why did God give this vision? What is the message for Ezekiel and God’s people? What is the message for us today?
How did Ezekiel know that this was from the LORD? What is the meaning of “Son of man” rather than addressing him as Ezekiel? What was Ezekiel to do? What is the meaning that he was to eat the scroll? Note who was “unyielding and hardened” (3:7-9) What does it mean to be “made a watchman”?
Why was Ezekiel told to lie on his left and right sides and have such a restricted diet? How was this to lead the people to repentance? What was the symbolism / message of a priest cutting off his hair (and dividing it into 1/3rds?)
What is the common refrain (purpose) of God’s divine judgments? How / when did God fully “pour out His wrath”? What is meant “the time has come, the day has arrived”? (7:12) What does it mean that God “turns His face away from them”?
Ezekiel lived in Babylon – how did he see what was happening in the Temple in Jerusalem? What are the 4 abominations Ezekiel saw? Note how they came closer and closer to the Holy of Holies! Are these abominations still happening today?
Why “put a mark on the foreheads”? How are we “marked”? Why the destruction of Jerusalem – where God had placed His name? How did God fulfill their desires? How is this a warning to us today?
What is the significance of the “glory of the LORD”? What does it mean that it was leaving the temple? Why was it leaving? What was the important message to the leaders of Israel? What questions should this message from Ezekiel be raising for all the people? Note the most important promise – 11:19-20!
Again, note the repetition: “Then they will know that I am the LORD.” No words, but what actions did Ezekiel “speak” to the people? What does the LORD say about “delays”? Why do people still today speak this proverb? (v.22, 27) What is still the answer today?
Who are the false prophets today? How are we to “prophesy against them”? What is the “whitewash” that is being used today? What “magic charms”?
What is the warning to false prophets? To those who seek their prophecies? What is the terrible reality of referring to these 3 Biblical men? How does this point us to Jesus?
As you read this keep in mind that Israel was symbolized as the branches of the vine – the Temple had many images of branches of the vine. What does this say to the people? Read also John 15:5-8
Before King David conquered Jerusalem, it belonged to the Canaanites – how “worthy” was Jerusalem? What had God done for her? What could / should God have expected of her? Why the double “woe”? (v.23) Note: not only rescued at birth (v.6ff) but also loved in spite of grievous adultery! What does the proverb mean “like mother, like daughter”? (v.44) But note the promise (again!) – v.60-63 – Jesus!
Another proverb that needed correction! How do people still think this way today? What is corporate guilt? What is individual guilt? How does this speak to both of these? Who is the ONLY one that God “took pleasure in His death”? (v.32) What a Savior!
Why such a large scroll? Note – the 10 commandments were written on both side (Ex. 32:15) What was the purpose of this scroll? What is the “scroll” for us today?
Why this funeral chant? How is this an allegory like ch. 17? Why the reference to animals? (Note the image of the vine – again!) This was possibly sung (each verse in meter – 3 beats plus 2 beats) – How would the leaders receive this sung prophecy? Why is there no hope in this lament? What was it’s purpose?
Why couldn’t the elders inquire of the LORD? What prevents people today from inquiring of the LORD? What did God do for Israel “for the sake of His name”? What does God continue to do for us “for the sake of His name”?
How would Israel “know that I am the LORD”? Who is the only One who could “stand in the gap” (22:30-31)? Who are the 2 adulterous “sisters”? Why this image?
What is the message of the cooking pot? What is the message that God spoke through the death of Ezekiel’s wife?
What is the message for Jerusalem with these prophecies against her neighbors? What does it mean to “know God’s vengeance”?
Why was God against Tyre? What was the purpose of this lament? (How does ch. 28 have references also to the fall of Satan?)
Why is the king of Egypt called a monster? What would happen during 40 years? How is this reminiscent of Israel?
What is “the day of the Lord”? What is the purpose of the day? What is the meaning of “breaking the arms” of Pharaoh?
(Note: 7 oracles against Egypt! 29:1, 17; 30:1, 20; 31:1, 32:1, 17) Why so many? (note the dates – year and month) What is the on-going message God would have unrepentant Israel to hear?
Why a “watchman”? What is the message Ezekiel is to speak? (33:11, see also 18:32) Why a shepherd? How is this greater than watchman? (see also John 10)
How do these chapters demonstrate: “vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the LORD”? (Rom. 12:19) See also 36:22-23 “show the holiness of My great name… Then the nations will know…” How was 36:24-28 fulfilled?
Why this major vision of dry bones? What references to Jesus fill ch. 37? After the restoration of Israel (ch. 37) what can they expect? See also Rev. 20:8
How does this compare with the vision in ch. 1? Some might think these were blueprints for the re-building of the Temple after the exile. But how do these verses answer this false assumption? What’s the major message of the glory returning to the Temple?
Why was the East gate to remain shut? Today, it is called the Golden Gate – why is it sealed shut? Why all the specific directions for the Levites and priests? (e.g. remember who Ezekiel is writing to) Why the importance and repetition of “make atonement” (45:15, 17, 20)?
Why all the talk about the gates? What is the importance of directions for the prince? Since Ezekiel is writing from Babylon – about the Temple he saw in Jerusalem – who are the priests, the prince, etc.?
We read for the final time, the angelic guide “the man” from Ch. 1 and 40. Read also Gen. 2:10 for the symbolism of the river. Note: from dry bones (ch.37); now life-giving water, deep enough to swim in! And waters that make the Dead Sea “fresh water”! (47:8f) Note: the boundaries of the land are like that of David and Solomon’s time – fulfillment of God’s covenants to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – not to be literal geographical boundaries. Again – where is Ezekiel – where are those who are reading these prophecies? Why the final verse: “THE LORD IS THERE”?
What will the “day of the LORD” be like? Note the play on words: fire that burns with sun of righteousness; calves leaping with being trampled underfoot. Why mention Moses and Elijah? Note how Malachi ends and the Gospel according to Mark begins…
SONG OF SOLOMON
ACTS (OF THE APOSTLES)