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The Book of Ezekiel – Part 10

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Idolatry Condemned

Ezekiel Chapter 14


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  1. Ezekiel Chapter 14:
    Idolatry Condemned

  2. MAIN THEME 10 IN THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:
    DESOLATION


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Ezekiel Chapter 14 (Ezekiel 14)

Idolatry Condemned

Point One: Elders of Israel came and sat down in front of Ezekiel. (Eze 14:1a)

(Eze 20:1)

a) Note that only CERTAIN of the elders came

— These seem to be the senior elders who made important decisions. (Ex 24:1) (Ex 24:9)

b) On some occasions ALL the elders were called together.

(Ex 12:21) (Ex 18:12)

c) The elders had huge responsibilities:

1. They were responsible for killing the passover. (Ex 12:21)

2. They witnessed some of the great works of Moses which God done through him. (Ex 17:5-6)

3. The Elders of Israel were Men. (Num 11:16)

4. The Elders of Israel were to support the preaching of Moses. (Deut 27:1)

5. The Elders of Israel (All of Them) would have the word of God delivered to them by Moses. (Deut 31:9)

6. The Elders of Israel would be present at great occasions.

(1 Chron 11:3) (1 Chron 15:25)

7. The Elders of Israel were addressed in Apostolic preaching.

(Acts 4:8)

Point Two: Ezekiel again states that the word of the Lord came to him. (Eze 14:2)

Point Three: Ezekiel is told that there are huge problems with these CERTAIN elders who sat down before him. (Eze 14:3)

a) They have set up their Idols in their hearts.

b) Their sin which is before their face has become a stumbling block to them.

Point Four: Ezekiel is asked a powerful question by God. (Eze 14:3c)

“Should I be inquired of at all by them?”

i.e. “Should I permit myself to be inquired of at all by them?”

*** This small phrase is interesting

— As it reminds us that God asks men many important questions throughout scripture ***

(Gen 3:9) (Isa 6:8) (Matt 16:15)

Point Five: Ezekiel is again told to preach to the House of Israel.

(Eze 14:4-5)

The content of the message is as follows:

a) Those of God’s people who have Idols in their hearts

— God says he will answer them according to how many Idols that person embraces.

b) Those of God’s people who have Idols in their hearts

— God will endeavour to win them back to himself even though they have become alienated and estranged from God because of their Idolatry.

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Point Six: Ezekiel is again told to preach to the House of Israel

— This time with the message and command that they must Repent. (Ezekiel 14:5)

(Eze 18:30)

Repentance

is a key doctrine throughout the bible both Old Testament and New Testament

— A few interesting points can be gleaned from these two occurrences of the word repent here in the book of Ezekiel.

a) The people are told to TURN from Idols — i.e. Spiritually.

(Eze 14:5a)

b) The people are told to TURN their faces from Idols — i.e. Physically.

(Eze 14:5b)

(They needed to stop looking at the Idols which were a source of temptation to them)

“Both a turning Spiritually and Physically from sin is required to defeat sin and be victorious

— To have one without the other generally results in failure”

c) The people are told to TURN from ALL their iniquity. (Ezekiel 14:6)

“Sin will always bite back if only repented of partially”

d) The people are told to TURN from their sin

— And if they refuse to their sin will be the ruin of them.

(Ezekiel 14:6)

Point Seven: Ezekiel is again told to preach to the House of Israel

— And this time to remind them that Idolatry and sin SEPARATES them from God. (Eze 14:7)

(Isa 59:2) (Jer 6:8) (Eze 4:3) (Gal 5:4) (Eph 2:12) (2 Thess 1:9)

Point Eight: Ezekiel is again told to preach to the House of Israel

— And tell them that for anyone who refuses to Repent,

— God is determined to oppose that person.

(Eze 14:8a) (Eze 15:7) (Jer 44:11) (Lev 17:10) (Lev 20:3-6)

(Lev 26:17) (Psa 34:16) (Jer 21:10)

Point Nine: Ezekiel is again told to preach to the House of Israel

— And tell them that God will make them a sign and a proverb. (Eze 14:8b)

“An example to both other individuals and other nations that God will not be Lenient with His own people so therefore the Heathen can expect even worse”

(Num 26:10) (Deut 28:33-37) (1 Cor 10:11) (Eze 5:15) (Jer 24:8-10)

Point Ten: Ezekiel is again told to preach to the House of Israel

— And tell them that some would be CUT OFF from the midst of God’s people. (Eze 14:8c)

(Psalm 37:22) (Rom 11:22) (Lev 20:3) (Lev 20:6) (Lev 20:17-18)

*** A note of caution Here

— Many cults and false teachers use some of these verses in Ezekiel and elsewhere to attempt to teach the false doctrine that a person can lose their Salvation even if they are genuinely saved

— They tend to include (John 15:6) to support their wrong teaching ***

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*** Verses which clearly teach eternal security are as follows ***

(John 10:28-29) (John 5:24) (1 Peter 1:5) (Rom 8:35-39) (Eph 1:13-14) (John 3:3) (Rev 3:5)

Point Eleven: Ezekiel is told that

the Lord Himself will deceive the false Prophet. (Eze 14:9a)

(Isa 66:4) (1 Kings 22:23) (Psalm 81:11-12) (Isa 63:17) (Jer 4:10)

(Jer 20:7) (2 Thess 2:11-12)

(Psalm 81:11-12 explains this sometimes difficult to understand concept of God deceiving)

Point Twelve: Ezekiel is told

God will stretch out His hand against the false Prophet.

(Eze 14:9b) (Eze 16:27) (Isa 5:25) (Isa 9:12) (Isa 10:4) (Ex 7:5)

Point Thirteen: Ezekiel is told

that God will destroy the deceived Prophet

from the midst of God’s people Israel. (Eze 14:9c)

Point Fourteen: Ezekiel is told

that people will bear the punishment of their iniquity

— Both the deceived prophet

— and the people who take heed of the false prophet.

(Eze 14:10)

*** This brings out a very important teaching

that runs right through the book of Ezekiel

— The doctrine of individual responsibility ***

(Eze 18:4) (Eze 3:18) (Eze 33:9) (Deut 13:1-18) (Jer 14:15)

Point Fifteen: Ezekiel is told

the threefold reason why the false Prophet must die and be destroyed:

(Eze 14:11)

a) So the House of Israel will no longer be led astray.

b) So the House of Israel will no longer be polluted.

c) So that the House of Israel can genuinely be God’s people and God can be the genuine God of the House of Israel.

Point Sixteen: Ezekiel is spoken to by God

concerning the House of Israel trespassing Grievously (Eze 14:13a)

“This is a most interesting statement

— Because it reminds us that the bible rightly teaches that all sin is an abomination to God and just one sin will keep a person out of the holiness of Heaven. However the fact that the sin committed here is described as grievous suggests that here we have the worst sin of all. Taking the context of this verse very carefully into consideration it appears the sin referred to here is NO Faith or Faithlessness or Unfaithfulness to the things of God.”

This is the worst sin of all because UNBELIEF results in damnation.

(John 3:16) (John 3:36) (Mark 16:16)

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Unbelief is the only sin which cannot be forgiven

— All other sin can be cleansed by the blood of Christ:

(Matt 12:31-32) (Luke 12:10) (Mark 3:28-30) (Heb 6:4) (Heb 10:26)

Point Seventeen:

Ezekiel is again reminded as can be seen earlier in the book of Ezekiel

that a key instrument of God’s Judgement is Famine. (Eze 14:13b)

(Deut 28:48) (Isa 3:1) (Jer 24:10) (Eze 14:21) (Eze 5:16)

(Jer 44:13) (Jer 29:17)

Point Eighteen:

Ezekiel is told that if great righteous men

like DANIEL — NOAH — JOB

were in the land today

they alone would save their souls from the Judgement of God

because nobody else could be found who was

God fearing (And having a right standing before God),

and hence right with God. (Eze 14:14)

(Jer 15:1) (Eze 14:20) (Gen 6:8) (Gen 7:1) (Job 1:1)

(Dan 10:11) (Heb 11:7) (Prov 11:4) (2 Peter 2:9)

(Ezekiel 14:15-20)

Point Nineteen:

Ezekiel is told that despite all the judgement in this chapter

God still remains a God of comfort

and will comfort His people if they return to Him. (Eze 14:22-23)

(Isa 49:13) (2 Cor 1:3-4) (Psalm 23:4) (Isa 12:1) (Matt 5:4)

(John 15:26) (John 16:17)


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MAIN THEME 10 IN THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:

DESOLATION

As the book of Ezekiel is studied again and again the theme of desolation occurs

— Some of these instances are as follows:

1) The Desolation of Altars. (Eze 6:4)

2) The Desolation of Cities and Dwelling places. (Eze 6:6)

3) The Desolation of the Land.

(Eze 6:14) (Eze 12:19-20) (Eze 14:15-16) (Eze 15:8)

4) The Desolation of the Palaces. (Eze 19:7)

5) The Desolation of Spiritual perception of goodness. (Eze 20:26)

6) The Desolation of Edom. (Eze 25:13)

7) The Desolation of the land of Egypt. (Eze 29:9-10) (Eze 29:12)

8) The Desolation of Pathros. (Eze 30:14)

9) The Desolation of the Mountains of Israel. (Eze 33:28) (Eze 35:12)

10) The Desolation of Mount Seir. (Eze 35:3) (Eze 35:7)

“The reversal of desolation”

(Eze 36:34) (Eze 36:35) (Eze 36:36) (Eze 38:12)