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57) LOOKING FOR EZEKIEL


Ezekiel 3:19

But if
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you
וְאַתָּה֙ (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

warn
הִזְהַ֣רְתָּ (hiz·har·tā)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2094: To gleam, to enlighten

a wicked man
רָשָׁ֔ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

and he does not
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

turn
שָׁב֙ (šāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

from his wickedness
מֵֽרִשְׁע֔וֹ (mê·riš·‘ōw)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7562: Wickedness

and his wicked
הָרְשָׁעָ֑ה (hā·rə·šā·‘āh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

way,
וּמִדַּרְכּ֖וֹ (ū·mid·dar·kōw)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

he
ה֚וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

will die
יָמ֔וּת (yā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

in his iniquity,
בַּעֲוֺנ֣וֹ (ba·‘ă·wō·nōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

but you
וְאַתָּ֖ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

will have saved
הִצַּֽלְתָּ׃ (hiṣ·ṣal·tā)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5337: To strip, plunder, deliver oneself, be delivered, snatch away, deliver

yourself.
נַפְשְׁךָ֥ (nap̄·šə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion


  • YES IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THE WICKED MAN DOESN’T LISTEN!
  • THE WATCHMAN WILL HAVE DONE HIS JOB BY WARNING HIM!
  • AND MOST IMPORTANT HE WILL SAVE HIMSELF!
  • DO YOU WANT TO SAVE YOURSELF!
  • YOU WILL SAVE YOURSELF NOT THE OTHERS!
 
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58) LOOKING FOR EZEKIEL


Ezekiel 3:20

Now if a righteous man
צַדִּ֤יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

turns
וּבְשׁ֨וּב (ū·ḇə·šūḇ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

from his righteousness
מִצִּדְקוֹ֙ (miṣ·ṣiḏ·qōw)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

and commits
וְעָ֣שָׂה (wə·‘ā·śāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

iniquity,
עָ֔וֶל (‘ā·wel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5766: Injustice, unrighteousness

and I put
וְנָתַתִּ֥י (wə·nā·ṯat·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

a stumbling block
מִכְשׁ֛וֹל (miḵ·šō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4383: A stumbling, means or occasion of stumbling, a stumbling block

before him,
לְפָנָ֖יו (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

he
ה֣וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

will die.
יָמ֑וּת (yā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

If
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you did not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

warn him,
הִזְהַרְתּוֹ֙ (hiz·har·tōw)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2094: To gleam, to enlighten

he will die
יָמ֔וּת (yā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

in his sin,
בְּחַטָּאת֣וֹ (bə·ḥaṭ·ṭā·ṯōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender

and the righteous acts
צִדְקֹתָו֙‪‬ (ṣiḏ·qō·ṯāw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

he did
עָשָׂ֔ה (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

will not
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

be remembered.
תִזָּכַ֗רְןָ (ṯiz·zā·ḵar·nā)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male

And I will hold you
מִיָּדְךָ֥ (mî·yā·ḏə·ḵā)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

responsible for
אֲבַקֵּֽשׁ׃ (’ă·ḇaq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

his blood.
וְדָמ֖וֹ (wə·ḏā·mōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed


  • WICKED MAN!
  • RIGHTEOUS MAN TURNING FROM HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!
  • THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!
  • THE WATCHMAN MUST WARN THEM!
  • WE MUST WARN THEM!
  • IF WE DON’T WARN THEM WE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BLOOD!
  • THAT’S GOD’S JUSTICE!
  • NO MAN’S JUSTICE!
  • DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE!
 
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59) LOOKING FOR EZEKIEL


Ezekiel 3:21

But if
כִּ֧י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you
וְאַתָּ֞ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

warn
הִזְהַרְתּ֣וֹ (hiz·har·tōw)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2094: To gleam, to enlighten

the righteous man
צַדִּ֗יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

not
לְבִלְתִּ֥י (lə·ḇil·tî)
Preposition-l
Strong's 1115: A failure of, not, except, without, unless, besides, because not, until

to sin,
חֲטֹ֛א (ḥă·ṭō)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn

and he
וְה֣וּא (wə·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

does not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

sin,
חָטָ֑א (ḥā·ṭā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn

he will indeed live
חָי֤וֹ (ḥā·yōw)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 2421: To live, to revive

because
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

he heeded your warning,
נִזְהָ֔ר (niz·hār)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2094: To gleam, to enlighten

and you
וְאַתָּ֖ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

will have saved
הִצַּֽלְתָּ׃ (hiṣ·ṣal·tā)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5337: To strip, plunder, deliver oneself, be delivered, snatch away, deliver

yourself.”
נַפְשְׁךָ֥ (nap̄·šə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion


  • WARNING!
  • PAYING ATTENTION!
  • SAVING ONESELF
  • ACTION!
 
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Ezekiel 3:22

And there
שָׁ֖ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

the hand
יַד־ (yaḏ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 3027: A hand

of the LORD
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

was
וַתְּהִ֥י (wat·tə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

upon me,
עָלַ֛י (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

and He said
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to me,
אֵלַ֗י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

“Get up,
ק֥וּם (qūm)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

go out
צֵא֙ (ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the plain,
הַבִּקְעָ֔ה (hab·biq·‘āh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1237: A split, a wide level valley between mountains

and there
וְשָׁ֖ם (wə·šām)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

I will speak
אֲדַבֵּ֥ר (’ă·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

with you.”
אוֹתָֽךְ׃ (’ō·w·ṯāḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among


  • WATCHMAN!
  • GET UP!
  • GO OUT!
  • I WILL SPEAK TO YOU!
 
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Ezekiel 3:23

So I got up
וָאָקוּם֮ (wā·’ā·qūm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

and went out
וָאֵצֵ֣א (wā·’ê·ṣê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the plain,
הַבִּקְעָה֒ (hab·biq·‘āh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1237: A split, a wide level valley between mountains

and behold,
וְהִנֵּה־ (wə·hin·nêh-)
Conjunctive waw | Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

the glory
כְּבוֹד־ (kə·ḇō·wḏ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

of the LORD
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

was present
עֹמֵ֔ד (‘ō·mêḏ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

there,
שָׁ֤ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

like the glory
כַּכָּב֕וֹד (kak·kā·ḇō·wḏ)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

I had seen
רָאִ֖יתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7200: To see

by
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the River
נְהַר־ (nə·har-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5104: A stream, prosperity

Kebar,
כְּבָ֑ר (kə·ḇār)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3529: Chebar -- a river of Babylon

and I fell
וָאֶפֹּ֖ל (wā·’ep·pōl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

facedown.
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against


  • Ezekiel does exactly as he is told!
  • Then he speaks about the glory of God!
  • And he falls facedown!
  • No game!
  • It is serious!
  • It is about God!
  • Not a mere human being!
  • Respect!
 
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Ezekiel 3:24

Then the Spirit
ר֔וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

entered
וַתָּבֹא־ (wat·tā·ḇō-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

me
בִ֣י (ḇî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

and set
וַתַּעֲמִדֵ֖נִי (wat·ta·‘ă·mi·ḏê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

me on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

my feet.
רַגְלָ֑י (raḡ·lāy)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda

He spoke
וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר (way·ḏab·bêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

with
אֹתִי֙ (’ō·ṯî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

me and said:
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Go,
בֹּ֥א (bō)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

shut yourself
הִסָּגֵ֖ר (his·sā·ḡêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 5462: To shut up, to surrender

inside
בְּת֥וֹךְ (bə·ṯō·wḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8432: A bisection, the centre

your house.
בֵּיתֶֽךָ׃ (bê·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1004: A house


  • The Spirit (ruah) enters Ezekiel!
  • And sets him on his feet!
  • And he tells him what to do next!
  • That is to shut himself inside his house!
  • And everything is clear for Ezekiel!
  • Every time he does as he is told!
 
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Ezekiel 3:25

And you,
וְאַתָּ֣ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

son
בֶן־ (ḇen-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of man,
אָדָ֗ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

they will tie
נָתְנ֤וּ (nā·ṯə·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

with ropes,
עֲבוֹתִ֔ים (‘ă·ḇō·w·ṯîm)
Noun - common plural
Strong's 5688: Something intwined, a string, wreath, foliage

and you will be bound
וַאֲסָר֖וּךָ (wa·’ă·sā·rū·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural | second person masculine singular
Strong's 631: To yoke, hitch, to fasten, to join battle

so that you cannot
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

go out
תֵצֵ֖א (ṯê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

among [the people].
בְּתוֹכָֽם׃ (bə·ṯō·w·ḵām)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 8432: A bisection, the centre

  • Ezekiel will be tied with ropes and bound!
  • So he can’t go out among the people!
  • THEY will do it!
 
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Ezekiel 3:26

I will make your tongue
וּלְשֽׁוֹנְךָ֙ (ū·lə·šō·wn·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3956: The tongue

stick
אַדְבִּ֣יק (’aḏ·bîq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the roof of your mouth,
חִכֶּ֔ךָ (ḥik·ke·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2441: Palate, roof of the mouth, gums

and you will be silent
וְנֶֽאֱלַ֔מְתָּ (wə·ne·’ĕ·lam·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 481: To tie fast, to be tongue-tied

and unable
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

to rebuke them,
מוֹכִ֑יחַ (mō·w·ḵî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

though
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they
הֵֽמָּה׃ (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

are a rebellious
מְרִ֖י (mə·rî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4805: Bitterness, rebellion, bitter, rebellious

house.
בֵּ֥ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

  • Ezekiel won’t be able to speak!
  • So he won’t rebuke Israel!
  • Even if they are a rebellious house!
  • According to God’s will!
 
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Ezekiel 3:27

But when I speak
וּֽבְדַבְּרִ֤י (ū·ḇə·ḏab·bə·rî)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

with you,
אֽוֹתְךָ֙ (’ō·wṯ·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

I will open
אֶפְתַּ֣ח (’ep̄·taḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

your mouth,
פִּ֔יךָ (pî·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and you are to tell
וְאָמַרְתָּ֣ (wə·’ā·mar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

them,
אֲלֵיהֶ֔ם (’ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

‘This is what
כֹּ֥ה (kōh)
Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֣י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

GOD
יְהֹוִ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

says.’
אָמַ֖ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

Whoever listens,
יִשְׁמָע֙ (yiš·mā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

let him listen;
הַשֹּׁמֵ֤עַ ׀ (haš·šō·mê·a‘)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

and whoever refuses,
יֶחְדָּ֔ל (yeḥ·dāl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle

let him refuse;
וְהֶחָדֵ֣ל ׀ (wə·he·ḥā·ḏêl)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2310: Vacant, ceasing, destitute

for
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they
הֵֽמָּה׃ (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

are a rebellious
מְרִ֖י (mə·rî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4805: Bitterness, rebellion, bitter, rebellious

house.
בֵּ֥ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

  • So when God wants Ezekiel to keep silent, he keeps silent!
  • And when he wants him to speak, he speaks!
  • Some will listen!
  • Others won’t!
  • But in all cases they are a rebellious house!
 
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Ezekiel 4:1

Now you,
וְאַתָּ֤ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

son
בֶן־ (ḇen-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of man,
אָדָם֙ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

take
קַח־ (qaḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

a brick,
לְבֵנָ֔ה (lə·ḇê·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 3843: Brick, tile

place
וְנָתַתָּ֥ה (wə·nā·ṯat·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

it
אוֹתָ֖הּ (’ō·w·ṯāh)
Direct object marker | third person feminine singular
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

before you,
לְפָנֶ֑יךָ (lə·p̄ā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

and draw
וְחַקּוֹתָ֥ (wə·ḥaq·qō·w·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2710: To hack, engrave, to enact, prescribe

on it
עָלֶ֛יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the city
עִ֖יר (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

of Jerusalem.
יְרוּשָׁלִָֽם׃ (yə·rū·šā·lim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3389: Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel


  • Now Ezekiel must put a brick before him!
  • And draw on it the city of Jerusalem!
  • You can use bricks to build!
  • But you can also destroy it!
  • God makes it easier to visualize it!
 
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Ezekiel 4:2


Then lay
וְנָתַתָּ֨ה (wə·nā·ṯat·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

siege
מָצ֗וֹר (mā·ṣō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4692: Something hemming in, a mound, a siege, distress, a fastness

against it:
עָלֶ֜יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Construct
וּבָנִ֤יתָ (ū·ḇā·nî·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1129: To build

a siege wall,
דָּיֵ֔ק (dā·yêq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1785: Bulwark, siege wall

build
וְשָׁפַכְתָּ֥ (wə·šā·p̄aḵ·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 8210: To spill forth, to expend, to sprawl out

a ramp
סֹֽלְלָ֑ה (sō·lə·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5550: A military mound, rampart of besiegers

to it,
עָלֶ֖יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

set up
וְנָתַתָּ֨ה (wə·nā·ṯat·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

camps
מַחֲנ֛וֹת (ma·ḥă·nō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural
Strong's 4264: An encampment, an army

against it,
עָלֶ֧יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

and place
וְשִׂים־ (wə·śîm-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

battering rams
כָּרִ֖ים (kā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3733: A ram, a, battering-ram, a meadow, a pad, camel's saddle

around it
עָלֶ֙יהָ֙ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

on all sides.
סָבִֽיב׃ (sā·ḇîḇ)
Adverb
Strong's 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around

  • And then we get a precise description of what is going to happen to Jerusalem!
  • A siege!
  • A siege wall!
  • A ramp!
  • Camps!
  • Battering rams!
  • Nothing is missing!
  • So precise!
  • And no way to escape!
 
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Ezekiel 4:3


Then
וְאַתָּ֤ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

take
קַח־ (qaḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

an iron
בַּרְזֶ֔ל (bar·zel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1270: Iron, an iron implement

plate
מַחֲבַ֣ת (ma·ḥă·ḇaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4227: A flat plate, pan, griddle

and set it up
וְנָתַתָּ֤ה (wə·nā·ṯat·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

as an iron
בַּרְזֶ֔ל (bar·zel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1270: Iron, an iron implement

wall
קִ֣יר (qîr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7023: A wall

between yourself
בֵּינְךָ֖ (bê·nə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 996: An interval, space between

and the city.
הָעִ֑יר (hā·‘îr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

Turn
וַהֲכִינֹתָה֩ (wa·hă·ḵî·nō·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3559: To be erect

your face
פָּנֶ֨יךָ (pā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

toward it
אֵלֶ֜יהָ (’ê·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

so that it is
וְהָיְתָ֤ה (wə·hā·yə·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

under siege,
בַמָּצוֹר֙ (ḇam·mā·ṣō·wr)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4692: Something hemming in, a mound, a siege, distress, a fastness

and besiege it.
וְצַרְתָּ֣ (wə·ṣar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6696: To confine, bind, besiege

This
הִ֖יא (hî)
Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

will be a sign
א֥וֹת (’ō·wṯ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 226: A signal, as a, flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence

to the house
לְבֵ֥ית (lə·ḇêṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

of Israel.
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

  • Then we are told about an iron wall!
  • And Jerusalem is going to be under siege!
  • And it will be a sign for the house of Israel!
  • Clear as crystal!
  • But the majority doesn’t care!
 
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Ezekiel 4:4

Then lie down
שְׁכַב֙ (šə·ḵaḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7901: To lie down

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

your left
הַשְּׂמָאלִ֔י (haś·śə·mā·lî)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 8042: Situated on the left side

side
צִדְּךָ֣ (ṣid·də·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6654: A side, an adversary

and place
וְשַׂמְתָּ֛ (wə·śam·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

the iniquity
עֲוֺ֥ן (‘ă·wōn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

of the house
בֵּֽית־ (bêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

of Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

upon yourself.
עָלָ֑יו (‘ā·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

You are to bear
תִּשָּׂ֖א (tiś·śā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

their iniquity
עֲוֺנָֽם׃ (‘ă·wō·nām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

for the number
מִסְפַּ֤ר (mis·par)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

of days
הַיָּמִים֙ (hay·yā·mîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

you lie on your side.
תִּשְׁכַּ֣ב (tiš·kaḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7901: To lie down


  • Ezekiel is told to lie down on his left side and put the iniquity of the house of Israel upon himself!
  • And he must bear their iniquity for the days he lies on his side!
  • Ezekiel is told to mime why is going to happen!
 
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Ezekiel 4:5

For I
וַאֲנִ֗י (wa·’ă·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

have assigned
נָתַ֤תִּֽי (nā·ṯat·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

you the years
שְׁנֵ֣י (šə·nê)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 8141: A year

of their iniquity
עֲוֺנָ֔ם (‘ă·wō·nām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

according to the number
לְמִסְפַּ֣ר (lə·mis·par)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

of days
יָמִ֔ים (yā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

you lie down, 390
שְׁלֹשׁ־ (šə·lōš-)
Number - feminine singular construct
Strong's 7969: Three, third, thrice

days;
י֑וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

so you will bear
וְנָשָׂ֖אתָ (wə·nā·śā·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

the iniquity
עֲוֺ֥ן (‘ă·wōn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

of the house
בֵּֽית־ (bêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

of Israel.
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc


  • A day for a year!
  • Ezekiel must lie down for 390 days which corresponds to 390 years of the iniquity of the house of Israel!
 
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Ezekiel 4:6

When you have completed
וְכִלִּיתָ֣ (wə·ḵil·lî·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent

these days,
אֵ֗לֶּה (’êl·leh)
Pronoun - common plural
Strong's 428: These, those

lie down
וְשָׁ֨כַבְתָּ֜ (wə·šā·ḵaḇ·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7901: To lie down

again,
שֵׁנִ֔ית (šê·nîṯ)
Number - ordinal feminine singular
Strong's 8145: Second (an ordinal number)

but on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

your right
הַיְמָנִי֙ (hay·mā·nî)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3227: On the right hand

side,
צִדְּךָ֤ (ṣid·də·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6654: A side, an adversary

and bear
וְנָשָׂ֖אתָ (wə·nā·śā·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

the iniquity
עֲוֺ֣ן (‘ă·wōn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

of the house
בֵּית־ (bêṯ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

of Judah.
יְהוּדָ֑ה (yə·hū·ḏāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3063: Judah -- 'praised', a son of Jacob, also the southern kingdom, also four Israelites

I have assigned
נְתַתִּ֥יו (nə·ṯat·tîw)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

to you
לָֽךְ׃ (lāḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

40
אַרְבָּעִ֣ים (’ar·bā·‘îm)
Number - common plural
Strong's 705: Forty

days,
י֔וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

a day
י֧וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

for each year.
לַשָּׁנָ֛ה (laš·šā·nāh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8141: A year

  • First Ezekiel must lie down on his left side for the iniquity of Israel!
  • Then on his right side for the iniquity of Judah!
  • A day for a year!
  • 390 days for Israel!
  • And 40 days for Judah!
  • There is no exception!
  • Two condemnations!
 
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Ezekiel 4:7

You must turn
תָּכִ֣ין (tā·ḵîn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3559: To be erect

your face
פָּנֶ֔יךָ (pā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

toward
וְאֶל־ (wə·’el-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the siege
מְצ֤וֹר (mə·ṣō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4692: Something hemming in, a mound, a siege, distress, a fastness

of Jerusalem
יְרוּשָׁלִַ֙ם֙ (yə·rū·šā·lim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3389: Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel

with your arm
וּֽזְרֹעֲךָ֖ (ū·zə·rō·‘ă·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2220: The arm, the foreleg, force

bared,
חֲשׂוּפָ֑ה (ḥă·śū·p̄āh)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine singular
Strong's 2834: To strip off, to make naked, to drain away, bail up

and prophesy
וְנִבֵּאתָ֖ (wə·nib·bê·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5012: To prophesy, speak, by inspiration

against it.
עָלֶֽיהָ׃ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

  • Ezekiel must make a move toward the siege of Jerusalem!
  • Then prophesy against it!
  • It is not only saying words!
  • But Ezekiel must use his body to feel the words he is going to say!
  • First he must internalize the scene!
  • Then his words will correspond to what he feels!
  • It becomes personal!
 
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Ezekiel 4:8

Now behold,
וְהִנֵּ֛ה (wə·hin·nêh)
Conjunctive waw | Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

I will tie you up
נָתַ֥תִּי (nā·ṯat·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

with ropes
עֲבוֹתִ֑ים (‘ă·ḇō·w·ṯîm)
Noun - common plural
Strong's 5688: Something intwined, a string, wreath, foliage

so you cannot
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

turn
תֵהָפֵ֤ךְ (ṯê·hā·p̄êḵ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

from side
מִֽצִּדְּךָ֙ (miṣ·ṣid·də·ḵā)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6654: A side, an adversary

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

side
צִדֶּ֔ךָ (ṣid·de·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6654: A side, an adversary

until
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

you have finished
כַּלּוֹתְךָ֖ (kal·lō·wṯ·ḵā)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent

the days
יְמֵ֥י (yə·mê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

of your siege.
מְצוּרֶֽךָ׃ (mə·ṣū·re·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 4692: Something hemming in, a mound, a siege, distress, a fastness


  • Ezekiel will be tied up with ropes!
  • So he can’t move!
  • Because he must finish the days of his siege!
  • Thus Ezekiel must feel the siege of Jerusalem with his body!
  • And he must obey God exactly!
  • Everything has its importance!
  • Every detail!
 
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Ezekiel 4:9

But take
קַח־ (qaḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

wheat,
חִטִּ֡ין (ḥiṭ·ṭîn)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 2406: Wheat

barley,
וּ֠שְׂעֹרִים (ū·śə·‘ō·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8184: Barley

beans,
וּפ֨וֹל (ū·p̄ō·wl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6321: A bean

lentils,
וַעֲדָשִׁ֜ים (wa·‘ă·ḏā·šîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5742: A lentil

millet,
וְדֹ֣חַן (wə·ḏō·ḥan)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1764: Millet

and spelt;
וְכֻסְּמִ֗ים (wə·ḵus·sə·mîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 3698: Spelt (a kind of wheat)

put
וְנָתַתָּ֤ה (wə·nā·ṯat·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

them in a single
אֶחָ֔ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

container
בִּכְלִ֣י (biḵ·lî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3627: Something prepared, any apparatus

and make
וְעָשִׂ֧יתָ (wə·‘ā·śî·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

them into bread
לְלָ֑חֶם (lə·lā·ḥem)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

for yourself.
לְךָ֖ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

[This is what] you are to eat
תֹּאכֲלֶֽנּוּ׃ (tō·ḵă·len·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 398: To eat

during the
מִסְפַּ֨ר (mis·par)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

390
שְׁלֹשׁ־ (šə·lōš-)
Number - feminine singular construct
Strong's 7969: Three, third, thrice

days
י֖וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

that
אֲשֶׁר־ (’ă·šer-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

you lie
שׁוֹכֵ֣ב (šō·w·ḵêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7901: To lie down

on
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

your side.
צִדְּךָ֗ (ṣid·də·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6654: A side, an adversary

  • Ezekiel is told to make bread for himself !
  • So he can eat this bread for the 390 days he will lie down!
  • Everything is well organized by God!
  • As usual!
  • Nothing happens by chance!
  • Let’s do the same if we don’t want to have a bad surprise!


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Remember:

  • If you think like today’s people, you will never understand the Bible!
  • They used to write differently!
  • They used to speak differently!
  • They used to think differently!
  • They used to act differently!
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Who was Ezekiel in the Bible? | GotQuestions.org

Ezekiel, whose name means “strengthened by God,” grew up in Jerusalem, where he trained to be a priest in the temple. He was among the second group of captives taken to Babylon along with King Jehoiachin about 597 BC. While in Babylon Ezekiel became a prophet of God; he is the author of the Old Testament book that bears his name.

Ezekiel’s ministry began with condemnation and judgment of the nation Judah. After the destruction of Jerusalem, Ezekiel’s prophecies speak of hope for the future. Ezekiel wanted to help the people learn from their failures. He announced impending judgment upon the nations that surrounded Judah and reestablished hope for the restoration of Israel. His vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37) pictures new life being breathed into the nation. That prophecy will be ultimately fulfilled in the millennial reign of Christ on earth.

Ezekiel’s first vision was of God’s throne and included descriptions of four living creatures and whirling wheels. Ezekiel also had detailed visions of a new temple (Ezekiel 40—43), a restored Jerusalem (Ezekiel 48:30–35), the millennium (chapter 44), and the land in which God’s people will reside (Ezekiel 47:13–23). Israel and Judah will once again be restored to unity from the ends of the earth as God’s glory also returns and God dwells among His people. These beautiful visions of Ezekiel concern both the immediate and the long-term plans of God.

Ezekiel delivered God’s messages with straightforward language that everyone could understand, whether they listened or not (Ezekiel 2:7). Ezekiel himself was called to be a watchman, and God warned him that, if he did not faithfully warn of the punishment for not following God, he would be held accountable for the blood of those who died in their sins (Ezekiel 33:8–9). He did not hesitate in his mission and steadfastly followed God’s instructions. Ezekiel had a passionate view of judgment and hope, and he reflected God’s own sorrow over the people’s sins.
 
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Ezekiel’s sorrow was compounded by the death of his wife (Ezekiel 24)—an event that God forbade him to weep over. God used the death of Ezekiel’s wife as a sign to the people of Judah. Just as the prophet lost his wife, the people of Judah would lose their temple. And, just as Ezekiel did not show outward signs of mourning, the Jews would be overwhelmed to the point of silence by the sorrow they felt.

The prophet Ezekiel experienced considerable opposition during his own lifetime, yet he doggedly expressed God’s desire that the wicked not die but turn from their wicked ways and live. His periodic speechlessness during his early years was broken when God empowered him to speak, and his tongue was loosened to speak the longest passage of sustained hope in the Bible. The burning, chopping, and scattering of his hair represented the fall of Jerusalem and the bringing back of God’s remnant (chapter 5). The hopeful words climax in the promise of everlasting possession of the land, an everlasting Davidic prince, an everlasting covenant, and an everlasting sanctuary in Israel (Ezekiel 11:16–21).

Ezekiel’s visions leap far ahead to a time when Israel will face an invasion by a coalition of nations led by a country from the north. The nations threatening Israel will be utterly defeated by the direct intervention of the Lord (Ezekiel 38—39). This future victory demonstrates two things of note for the Jews in captivity: 1) their nation would be restored, and 2) after that final restoration, no enemy will ever successfully invade the Holy Land again. Ezekiel also sees the glory of the Lord return to the temple in chapter 43—the same glory that had departed in chapter 10.

Ezekiel has shown all Christians that we are to be obedient to God’s call on our lives. God told Ezekiel to groan with a broken heart and bitter grief for the coming judgment, and, through his dramatic book, Ezekiel tells us the same thing. Judgment is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. We, like Ezekiel, can warn others, and we can also share with them the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.

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Remember:

  • If you think like today’s people, you will never understand the Bible!
  • They used to write differently!
  • They used to speak differently!
  • They used to think differently!
  • They used to act differently!
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