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Ezekiel

THE WEIRD AND THE AMAZING

Ezekiel is prophesying from exile with accuracy that scares even the most passionate sceptics. This book is full of visions that will inspire and challenge you. Prophesying over specific nations, Ezekiel takes you on a geographical journey of prophecy. With some of the most awe-inspiring visions of the valley of dry bones, the river from the temple and the restoration of Israel – this book is not to be missed! Bring your imagination as you read this one, God will inspire you in your prayer life as you meditate on these inspiring words.

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Part One

I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART AND PUT A NEW SPIRIT IN YOU.

E 26:36


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the weird and the wonderful - adventuring through the book of ezekiel.

I won’t lie to you guys, as I begin my journey into Ezekiel I am both nervous and excited. This book has a whole lot of weird going on. That is why in our TYB Bible we call Ezekiel–the Weird Prophet! We have beasts with four faces, covered in eyes, with wheels as their companions that flash back and forth like lightning, prophetic symbolism that includes cooking with human poop (so glad he protested that one!). Some of the images in this book feel more at home in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth then they do in our Bibles (that weird eye man still freaks me out)!

But don’t be put off by something that stretches your imagination. I mean, I can guarantee when you first watched Star Wars, the characters were overwhelming. If you were reading not watching the bar scene in the New Hope movie, some of those characters would sound exactly like what Ezekiel is describing. God’s world and his visions are far beyond what man can comprehend, so get ready for your imagination to be stretched and your understanding of God’s world expanded.



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the SON OF MAN? | NATHAN ROSS

As we read the Book of Ezekiel, it is very easy to be overwhelmed by the intense prophetic imagery and metaphors available. And this is O.K. Just as commentator Daniel Block says, “for many Christians Ezekiel is too strange and his book too complex and bizarre to deserve serious attention.” The first step is to acknowledge that yes, sometimes these prophetic books, both Old and New Testament, can be quite confronting and seemingly impossible to understand. The next step is one of discovery. When we read some of these more difficult books, such as Ezekiel, it should never be expected that we immediately understand every minor detail, reference and prophetic image on the first read. But our job, as dutiful readers of the Word, is to want to understand more. To do this, we start with the little things, little themes or ideas that might catch our attention that leads us on a journey of wanting to know more. Just as the famous adage goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” 



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Part Two

THE HAND OF THE LORD WAS ON ME, AND HE BROUGHT ME OUT BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.

E 37:1


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THE GLORY, THE MAN AND THE SPIRIT - THE TRINITY MOMENTS IN EZEKIEL

As I read the story of Ezekiel, I am overwhelmed at how ‘trinitarian' it is. Now I don't usually like to overlap New Testament theology into the Old Testament as we study it, because I want us to read it as it was originally intended: a text for the Old Testament audience but with a prophetic finger pointing forward to Jesus the Messiah. In saying that, I couldn't get past the incredible ‘three-ness' of our God in this text. Just like as we read the New Testament and find the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit separate and evident, we find the same is this amazing book.

As you go, highlight the appearances of the three natures of God. There’s

  1. Father God present in the glory that ascends.  The Shekinah presence of God found in the temple and in his throne room.

  2. The man that turns up continuously through-out the text. God in man form–which I cannot help but see as Jesus Christ portrayed in the Old Testament.

  3. And finally, the Spirit is mentioned over and over again!

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