Ezekiel - Introduction

The prophet Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon in the second wave of exiles in 597 b.c. Daniel had lived in Babylon for about eight years. Growing up in a priestly family, Ezekiel had spent much time in the Temple in Jerusalem. While in Babylon, he prophesied the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, which occurred in 586 b.c. The prophet Jeremiah was older than Ezekiel and prophesied in Judah.

Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel preached judgment on Judah because of sin. The Jews had turned to false gods. They had forgotten who had brought them out of Egyptian slavery, fed them in the wilderness, taken them to the land of milk and honey and established them in their own land. They had turned to false gods, false prophets and idols. So, sixty-seven times in the Book of Ezekiel God says, ''Then they will know that I am the Lord.'”

We need to remember who God is and that He provides everything for us. Too often we depend on things of the flesh instead of on the Spirit of God.

While God spoke to some of the prophets through dreams, He spoke to Ezekiel through visions and addressed him as 'son of man.”

In chapters 29 through 32 Ezekiel prophesies against the country of Egypt.

''This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, you great monster lying among your streams. You say, 'The Nile is mine; I made it for myself.” But I will put hooks in your jaws . . . I will give you as food to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the air'” (29:3-5).

When God says that He is against a person and a country they better watch out because what God says He will do.

Chapter 37, one of the most interesting chapters in the Book of Ezekiel, is commonly referred to as the 'dry bones” chapter of the Bible. Ezekiel prophesies that one day all the Jews will be brought back to the land of Israel and become one nation. This prophecy came true in 1948 when Israel once again became a nation.

In chapters 40 through 43 God shows Ezekiel in a vision the new Temple area and how the Temple will look. He sees the glory of the Lord enter the Temple and fill it (43:4-5). In chapter 44 God gives instructions to Ezekiel about the Levites who may serve as priests in the Temple.

The Book of Ezekiel contains so much more than we can cover here. It is full of visions that God gave Ezekiel about the future of Israel. God is very particular when He speaks of future events. Please read the entire book and allow God to open your heart and speak to you from it.

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.


WORKSHEET

The prophet Ezekiel was taken captive to ________ in the second wave of exiles in 597 b.c.

The prophet _______ had been living in Babylon for about ______ years when Ezekiel arrived.

Growing up in a _________ family, Ezekiel had spent much time in the _______ in Jerusalem.

While in Babylon, he prophesied the fall of _________ and the destruction of the _______, which occurred in 586 b.c.

The prophet ________ was older than Ezekiel and prophesied in Judah.

Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel preached ________ on Judah because of sin. The Jews had turned to false _____, false ________ and idols.

______-_____ times in the Book of Ezekiel God says, 'Then they will know that I am the _____.”

While God spoke to some of the prophets through dreams, He spoke to Ezekiel through _______ and addressed him as '____ of ____.”

In chapters 29 through 32 Ezekiel prophesies against ________ and the country of _______.

Chapter ___, one of the most interesting chapters in the Book of Ezekiel, is commonly referred to as the '____ ______” chapter of the Bible.

Ezekiel prophesies that one day all the _____ will be brought back to the land of ______ and become one nation. This prophecy came true in _____ when ______ once again became a nation.

In chapters 40 through 43 God shows Ezekiel in a vision how the ______ will look.

Ezekiel sees the ______ of the Lord enter the Temple and fill it (43:4-5).

In chapter 44 God gives instructions to Ezekiel about the Levites who may serve as _______ in the Temple.

Memory Verse: 'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11).


Ezekiel
Go to the Word 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Ezekiel 35:5-6                          Ezekiel 5:13                             Ezekiel 10:3                 Ezekiel 1:25

Ezekiel 37:27                            Ezekiel 38:7                             Ezekiel 32:8                 Ezekiel 37:3

 

''Then my ______ will cease and my wrath against them will subside,                        Ezekiel ______

and I will be avenged. And when I have spent my ______ upon them,

they will know that I the Lord have spoken in my zeal.'”

 

'Now the ________ were standing on the south side of the temple                          Ezekiel ______

when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court.”

 

''All the ________ lights in the heavens I will darken over you; I will                     Ezekiel ______

bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign Lord.'”

 

'Then there came a voice from above the _______ over their heads        as                     Ezekiel ______

they stood with lowered wings.”

 

''Because you ________ an ancient hostility and delivered             the Israelites                       Ezekiel ______

over to the sword at the time of their ________, the time their punishment

reached its climax, therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign

Lord, I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you.'”

 

''Get ready; be ________, you and all the hordes gathered about you,                  Ezekiel ______

and take command of them.'”

 

''Son of man, can these _____ live?' I said, 'O Sovereign Lord, you                    Ezekiel ______

alone know.'”
 

''My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their ___, and they                       Ezekiel ______

will be my ______.'”