Ezekiel's message of impending doom

Ezek 19:1-14   Ezekiel sings a sorrowful lament over two Israelite princes of Judah – Jehoahaz (who was carried off to Egypt by Pharoah Neco in 610 BC – see 2 Kings 23:31-34) and Jehoiachin (who was deported to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC – see 2 Kings 24:10-16).

Ezek 20:1-49   Ezekiel summarizes the unfaithfulness of the Israelites from their time in Egypt, before the Exodus in c.1447BC, to their exile in Babylon.

Ezek 21:1-32   He prophesies that the LORD is sharpening his sword to use against Jerusalem. The city will be put to the sword by the King of Babylonia.

Ezek 22:1-31   Ezekiel lists the sins of Jerusalem and her leaders.

Ezek 23:1-49   Ezekiel tells a parable about two unfaithful sisters. The sisters are likened to Samaria (Israel) and Jerusalem (Judah) who have sold themselves to their Assyrian and Babylonian ‘lovers’.

 

Shomron National Park, Remains of ancient Samaria (Bukvoed)

Remains at Samaria, the ancient capital of Israel   (Bukvoed)

 

Ezek 24:1-14   Ezekiel uses the analogy of a dirty bronze cooking pot being purified in red-hot flames to describe how Jerusalem will be purified by its destruction.

Ezek 24:15-27   Ezekiel’s wife dies, but the LORD tells him not to mourn in the traditional way by crying out aloud and going barefoot. Ezekiel tells the people that his lack of mourning is like their disregard for the destruction of the LORD’s Temple.

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