Ezekiel and Why It’s Important

For the past month and a half, I’ve been studying the Book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament. Now, there are of course several different ways to study the Bible, some quicker than others, which accounts partly for why it took me so long to get through the book. Anyways, I’ve noticed in my life that when people usually quote one of the Major Prophets (Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel) that Ezekiel is not mentioned at all or barely even talked about! From my study of this book, I have learned that Ezekiel has a great message that all Christians (and Jews of course!) need to hear and apply to their lives. Now, in order to understand why Ezekiel is so important, we must look at the historical context of the book, the author, and the state of Israel during this time. Ezekiel prophesied during the exilic period of the Jews in Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar, yes THAT one, sent three invasive waves to Jerusalem from around 605 BC to 586 BC, eventually conquering the city. Ezekiel became a Prophet of the Lord a few years before the final invasion of Nebuchadnezzar. Most people know this story because Ezekiel describes this experience in the first few chapters of his book. He describes how the Glory of the Lord embodied itself, appeared to Ezekiel, and he became a Prophet. (Note: Some people believe that this part of Ezekiel describes a UFO and alien spacecraft – that’s another discussion for another day!) Ezekiel then went on to prophesy to the Jews while they were exiled to Babylon. Most of his visions and prophesies were allegorical and metaphorical, describing how Israel had lost its way and that God allowed the Babylonians to conquer them in order to teach His people to change their ways. Now, during this time, Ezekiel gave his most vivid, and possibly most famous prophecy, about the restoration of Israel. Coincidentally, I believe that this vision best exemplifies the overall message of The Book of Ezekiel, but more on that later. In Chapter 37, Ezekiel receives a vision from God: a valley of dry bones, the bones of all of the Israelites. God commands them to come back to life, and suddenly tendons, flesh, muscle, and skin begin to grow and cover the bones in the valley. God had given life back to the bones of the Israelites. Ezekiel understood the vision meant that the nation of Israel may look hopeless now, but that WITH GOD, Israel shall be restored to as it once was, a nation of the Lord! I believe that message is the overall significance of the Book of Ezekiel. We Christians are not perfect. We stray from the righteous path every once in a while or we appear to be in our darkest time ever. However, we know that God is always with us and He will always restore us back to where we once were, we just have to let Him! I hope I didn’t bore anyone with this. I’ve been convicted to write about Ezekiel for a few days and finally had time to do so. My next Bible study will be on the Minor Prophets (Hosea, Malachi, Haggai, etc.) and to write about each of them as I finish them. Hope you enjoyed this and take care!

 

Sheldon Out

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