- The leaders of Israel had
placed all of their own wants, desires, needs, and concerns over and above
those of everybody else. They were neck deep in the sin of selfishness.
They remind me of the United States Congress.
- The Messiah offers hope to
the disenfranchised and those that are not able to buy their way into
affluence. The Lord promises to take care of those that the world deems as
unimportant, but He also reminds them that as He provides for them that
they must remember not to shoulder others away from the trough or to muddy
the clean waters from which they have already had the privilege to drink.
- Edom was being judged for:
harboring ancient hostilities that began between Jacob and Esau, for
turning over Israel to their enemies, and for desiring the lands of Israel
and Judah for their own. While the Lord may, for a season, allow the
wicked to prosper; you can rest assured that they will be punished in the
end and that the people of God will be blessed after they learn obedience
through the trial.
- There is nothing lacking at
all for those that walk in obedience to the ways of the Lord. Every need
will be met and the Lord will eternally be our sustainer.
- The nation of Israel was
cast into exile due to the idolatry of the people. The Lord brought them
back in order to glorify His name. They were cleansed from their sin and
restored to their country. The story of Israel reflect the story of the
Christian that was separated from God due to his sin, cleansed from his
unrighteousness and brought back into right relationship with the Lord.
- The restoration of the
people of God would cause the surrounding nations to recognize the
delivering power of the Lord and would therefore bring glory to the Lord.
- Israel had reached the point
of hopelessness. Their prospects of return to their own land were as good
as the prospects of a dead army to defeat a powerful enemy. Their position
was a completely hopeless one apart from the power of the Lord.
- The regeneration of Israel
came in their return to a state in which the grip of death seemed more
remote (the bones grew flesh) and in the second stage of the breath of
life being breathed into them. Ezekiel was intimately involved in both
- The five great features of
the Messianic kingdom in verses 24 -27:
a. Christ will be King
b. Christ will be Shepherd
c. The Land will be restored
d. There will be a new covenant
e. I will dwell in the midst of them
- The Lord causes foreign kingdoms
to advance against the nation of Israel, but they are convinced that it
was their own decision to invade.
- The Lord will defeat the
enemy and He will bring His people into a land of blessing.
- The defeat of God will be so
overwhelming that Israel will use the weapons of their enemies as fuel for
a period of seven years. The birds will pick the bones clean of the dead
armies. There will be an entire industry that will be set up just to bury
the dead enemy. This task will take seven months to complete and not a
single bone will be left. All of these things show the extent to which God
will punish those that come against His Covenant People. It proves that
God is both a jealous God and a covenant keeping God.
- ‘I hid my face’ indicates
that God withheld His blessing. Verse 29
is a declaration that He has decided to pour out His Spirit upon
the nation of Israel once again.
- Ezekiel had the two-fold
responsibility of listening and transmitting the message. He was to pay
meticulous attention to the what he both saw and heard in the vision.
- God is clearly a god of
order and not of disorder.
- Ezekiel did not enter into
the inner sanctuary because he was not the high priest of Israel. The
death of Christ on the cross removes that restriction from us.
- Both inwardly and outwardly we should reflect the presence of the life giving power of Christ in the midst of the wilderness of this world.