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No claims of absolute originality are made for this material. As one man said, "I milk a lot of cows, but I churn my own butter. Five years later, in BC, Ezekiel was third when he was called into the ministry. The ministry of Ezekiel was marked by a series of visions. One of those visions will be the focus of our time together today. I have heard it used to preach about the need for revival in the church. That is a valid use of this passage.
Yet, we need to remember that God is not speaking to the church in those verses. He is speaking to the nation of Israel, v. He sees them as a dead nation. He promises this dead nation that a day will come when He will raise them from the dead and use them again for His glory.
When Ezekiel received this vision, he found himself surrounded by the bones of the dead. Everywhere he looked he saw dead people.
He was commanded to preach to them. And, he was commanded to pray over them. Like Ezekiel, we are surrounded by the dead. Everywhere we look there is evidence of the spiritual death that dominates our world. And, like Ezekiel, we have been given sent out to tell the dead that they can live. From where Ezekiel stood that day, his task must have seemed impossible. Yet, he obeyed God and the Lord blessed his efforts.
From where we stand today, the task of reaching those who are dead in sin also seems like and impossible task. If we will do as the Lord has commanded us, we will also see Him bless our efforts.
I want you to see some truths that speak to our call to preach the Gospel to a world filled with the living dead. Consider these truths with me today. If we are going to sense the great need the world around us has to hear the Gospel, we must have a clear grasp of the condition in which the world finds itself.
The vision Ezekiel saw was of a valley full of dry, scattered bones. It depicted the desolation, destitution, and devastation of Israel. Until we have a similar vision of the world in which we live we will not be stirred to action. We need to see what Ezekiel saw when he looked out over that valley of dry bones. It is the same vision we need today as we look out over a lost, dead world.
SInce so many bones were in one place, it may be that Ezekiel saw the aftermath of a great battle. If that is the case, it must have broken his heart. One of the worst insults a Jew could suffer was to be denied a proper burial.
Here is a valley filled with the bones of the dead. Defeated by their enemies and left to rot where they fell.Reflect on the ancient observance of Passover, and learn a new Hebrew word each day. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body.
Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. When they stood still, they lowered their wings. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
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As one man said, "I milk a lot of cows, but I churn my own butter. Ezekiel Intro : A body of water can be a very dangerous place. I remember once, when I was about 6 or 7, that I nearly drowned in a river. Just this August, a year-old Japanese woman was killed when she climbed over a wall to have her picture taken.
She fell into the river and was swept over the falls. Her body has not been recovered. While searchers looked for her body, the found the body of an unidentified male at the base of the falls. That made me curious about just how many people had died in that location, and I discovered that since over 5, bodies have been recovered from Niagara Falls.
Some of those deaths were accidental, many were suicides, and a few were daredevils who tried to ride barrels, or other contraptions over the falls. I read about one 7-year-old boy who went over the falls in wearing a life preserver and survived.
Suffice it to say that if you ever get caught in the current of the Niagara River near the top of the Falls, you are in serious trouble. There are some bodies of water you want to avoid. What if I told you that God possesses a body of water that He wants you to get into?
What if I told you that He wants you to get over your head in this body of water? What if I told you that He wants you to give yourself over to the power of this river, to be swept away in its current; that He wants you to get into a place where you are helpless, and are at the mercy of the river? Ezekiel writes about such a river in these verses. This is a millennial vision. Ezekiel is envisioning a time when the Lord will bring about absolute healing in the nation of Israel.
While this prophecy is for the nation of Israel and will be literally fulfilled one day, there is application here for us today. If you will allow me, I want to make a spiritual application from these verses today.
I want to tell you about a spiritual river that flows through this world right now. I want to tell you about a river that brings refreshment, power and glory right now. I want to tell you about a river you can swim in. I want to ask you a question.A Valley of Bones. The title of our message this evening is.
And while there are certainly sections in this book more odd than this one of a valley of bones coming to life, there are none that have the imagery that captures the imagination and sets it on fire quite like this valley of bones.
This vision of dry bones coming to life, taking on flesh and blood and breath, has not only stimulated the minds of theologians and preachers, but has also fueled the imagination of artists and composers.
It has inspired such diverse cultural expressions as an American black spiritual to a political cartoon strip in a modern Israeli newspaper.
The Preaching of Ezekiel
The vision has been interpreted as a direct prophecy of the resurrection of the nation of Israel and as an equally direct prophecy of the resurrection of individual human beings.
The book of Ezekiel was written after the defeat of the southern kingdom of Judah by the Babylonians. The Northern Kingdom had already ceased to exist; the Assyrian empire had defeated the north some years earlier. It was now the time of judgment for Judah. Most of us should know something about what happened.
But if not, let me give a brief history lesson. God intervened and although war was averted the kingdom was divided in two. There was a king to the north and one to the south and they were never united again. One day, when Jesus comes again, they will be. But not until then. The modern Israeli state is not really the same size or composition as the ancient kingdom. The Northern Kingdom lasted around years, and they never had a single king that honored God and did what was right in His eyes.
And so God sent His prophets He sent prophet after prophet, those fiery, passionate men who loudly and boldly proclaimed, Thus saith the Lord. And so what happened? God sent judgment. We could stand here the rest of the night listing all the sins of the nation of Israel, but an easier way to get a handle on it is to look at America and do a little comparison. The nation of Israel ignored its poor; worse, it oppressed them.
Sexual immorality was the norm; to even speak of purity invited the ridicule and scorn of others. Sex is just a biological function, right? Just like going to the bathroom You gotta go, you gotta go, right? Worship of the one true God had been replaced with a hodgepodge; a crazy-quilt patchwork of all kinds of gods and religions added onto the pure worship of the living God.
Off and on in her history, Israel even practiced child sacrifice, horribly putting their sons on the altar of false gods and burning them in the fire.
And here are some stunning statistics: for every 1, live births for white women, there are abortions; but for every 1, live births for black women, there are abortions performed. You can call it what you want, but this is genocide God destroyed Israel because of her wickedness Why not us? But in our passage of Scripture this evening we, once again, find a merciful and gracious God.
He will forgive the woman who aborts her baby. And He will provide new life for His people. We are in desperate need of resurrection life God is willing and able to supply that life Both to us and even to our nation. Tradition has it that Isaiah was sawn in half—not a real good way to go.
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Ezekiel 1 Sermon
The most profound interpretation of Scripture: Ezekiel Denomination: Catholic. Ezekiel worked for God right where he was, among the exiles in various colonies near the Chebar River in Babylon v. Denomination: Baptist. Ezekiel was a man whose message was one that combined judgment and hope.
On the one hand, he was a man gripped by a profound sense of God's holiness, brought about by his visionary experience with God. Denomination: Calvary Chapel. What do angels actually do? Vital studies for all Ministers! Russell K.Your browser does not support the audio tag. Ezekiel This is the pastor delivering the message entitled The Book of Ezekiel.
In these present days, we are preaching from the message of that incomparable prophet. When I prepared the sermon and laid it out before me, I looked at the content of it, and it would take hours for me to deliver it. So all we can do this morning is to just take some of the things that I have prepared and ask God to bless them to our souls. The Book of Ezekiel has been described as the most difficult in the Bible.
For every ten who will read Isaiah, there might be seven who would read Jeremiah, and there might be two who would read Ezekiel. Someone would pick it up and read the first chapter and be discouraged by the vision, lay it down and read no further. Yet Ezekiel, writing out of slavery and out of the exile in the Babylonian captivity, brought to the people a hope, a golden promise.
And it was in the work and ministry of Ezekiel that the nation survived, that the synagogue was born, and out of the synagogue our church. The services that we share today came out of the ministry and prophetic work of Ezekiel. Ezekiel writes very carefully and in great detail.
Thirteen times in his book he will give the exact date that the prophecy of the Lord came to him. It covers a period of twenty-two years. And each time he will date it from the day of his exile as a Babylonian slave and captive.
Jeremiah is so different. And then they are a jumbled mass. It is difficult chronologically to arrange the prophecies of Jeremiah. Not Ezekiel—all of them are carefully dated; all of them are chronologically arranged, and all of them follow a very definite pattern of unity and presentation. Ezekiel is characterized by more different kinds and types of literature, of writing, than any other book in the Bible by far.
There will be prophecy, and there will be prediction, and there will be signs and symbols. There will be parables and allegories.
There will be similitude. Every kind and type of writing will you find in the Book of Ezekiel. One: before Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, before the nation was destroyed and then the second part, after the fall of Jerusalem. The first part is filled with appalling condemnation, the judgment of God upon the sins and the apostasy of the nation. And the second part that begins after the word was brought to him of the fall of the city, the second part is filled with comfort, and promise, and the description of restoration and of a golden millennial future.
The book itself could easily be divided into three parts. One, chapter 1 through this is the condemnation of the judgment of God upon the apostasy of the nation and the sins of the people [Ezekiel ]. The second part, the middle part: starting at chapter 25 and going through [chapter] 32 is the prophecy of God addressed to the nations around Israel [Ezekiel ]. And then beginning at chapter 33 through the remainder, chapter 48, there is a description of the restoration of the nation and of the golden millennial future that awaits them and the coming kingdom of God [Ezekiel ].
There are three things, three kinds of things in the Book of Ezekiel. One is apocalyptic visions, the second is sign sermons, and the other is direct predictions. The apocalyptic work of Ezekiel finds reverberations throughout the Apocalypse of the New Testament [Revelation ].
John was an exile, he on the Isle of Patmos when he also saw those great, glorious apocalyptic revelations of the world that is yet to come [Revelation ].
Both of them in exile, both of them seeing marvelously, vivid, and true revelations of God of the apocalyptic future.