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The Book of Ezekiel – Part 2

CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH—SOTB—PART 2

1. Message One: EZEKIEL’S CALL (EZEKIEL CHAPTER 2)

2. MAJOR THEME TWO IN THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:
THE GLORY OF THE LORD.


Ezekiel's Calling

“Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the Lord from his place.”
– Ezekiel 3:12


Message One: EZEKIEL’S CALL (EZEKIEL CHAPTER 2)

a) A Genuine call

required God to Speak to Ezekiel. (Eze 2:1) (Eze 3:22)

(Heb 1:1) (Ex 20:22) (Ex 33:9-11) (Gen 8:15)

b) A Genuine call

will require Readiness as a Response. (Eze 2:1)

“Son of man, stand upon thy feet”

(Jos 7:10) (Dan 10:11) (Acts 9:6) (Acts 26:16) (Luke 7:14) (Matt 17:7)

(Mark 10:49) (Mark 2:11) (Acts 9:34) (Acts 14:10)

c) A Genuine call

will require a person to be Called by Name. (Eze 2:1)

“Son of man”

(Eze 3:1) (Eze 3:4) (Eze 3:17) (Eze 4:1) (Eze 5:1) (Acts 9:4)

*** The term son of man in the book of Ezekiel is used in a different way to how it is used to address Jesus in the gospels although there are some similar thoughts.

In the gospels it is primarily used to PROVE and underline the humanity of Jesus–

In Ezekiel the phrase has a primary meaning of Human One—Human Being. ***

It appears that God uses this term to address Ezekiel for 2 main reasons:

1) To distinguish the prophet from the supernatural beings surrounding him.

2) To remind Ezekiel of his mortality in comparison with the eternal nature of God’s words and actions and the fact that God himself is immortal.

d) A Genuine call

will require the Power of God to fulfil it. (Eze 2:2)

(Eze 3:24)

“And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me”

(Eze 36:27) (Num 11:25-26) (1 Sam 16:13) (Joel 2:28-29) (Rev 11:11)

(Luke 1:15) (Luke 1:41) (Luke 1:67) (Acts 2:4) (Acts 4:8) (Acts 4:31)

(Acts 9:17) (Acts 13:9) (Acts 13:52)

e) A Genuine call

will result in a Genuine Mission. (Eze 2:3)

“I send thee to the children of Israel”

(Ex 3:14) (Isa 6:8) (Jer 2:1-4) (Jonah 1:1-2) (Mal 3:1) (Matt 11:10)

(Luke 9:1-6) (Luke 10:1) (John 1:6) (Acts 8:26) (Acts 22:21)

(Acts 26:15-18) (Matt 28:19) (Mark 16:15)

f) A Genuine call

never results in an Easy Task. (Eze 2:3)

(Eze 3:9) (Eze 12:2) (Eze 3:26-27) (Eze 17:12) (Eze 24:3) (Eze 44:6)

“To a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me”

(Deut 9:7) (Deut 9:24) (Deut 31:27) (Psalm 78:8) (Isa 1:23) (Isa 30:1)

(Isa 30:9) (Num 20:10) (Isa 65:2) (Jer 5:23)

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g) A Genuine call

always results in a deeper understanding of Human Nature. (Eze 2:4)

“For they are impudent children and stiff hearted”

***Meaning they are hard, rough, cruel, grievous, sore, churlish; hardhearted; heavy***

(Rom 2:5) (Eze 3:7) (Jer 17:9) (Zech 7:12) (Psa 36:1) (Eze 14:3-4)

(Matt 13:15) (Acts 28:27) (Mark 7:21) (Acts 7:51)

h) A Genuine call

always results in the Preaching of the Word of God Only. (Eze 2:4)

(Eze 3:10-11)

“And thou shalt say unto them, thus saith the Lord God”

***The occurrence of this term in the book of Ezekiel is second only in number to the book of Jeremiah—In Ezekiel the phrase appears 130 times in the book of Jeremiah it occurs 150 times— The following are important points to note about this phrase***

1) When the phrase “Thus saith the Lord” appears

it emphasizes God’s authority.

2) When the phrase “Thus saith the Lord” appears

it is usually followed by a reaction or decision being made by its hearers–It NEVER has zero effect.

3) When the phrase “Thus saith the Lord” appears

the promise; or the judgement; or the encouragement it proclaims is guaranteed to happen.

4) When the phrase “Thus saith the Lord” appears

it is always accompanied by God’s power.

(Eze 3:27) (Eze 5:5) (Eze 5:7) (Eze 6:11) (Eze 7:2) (Eze 7:5) (Eze 11:5)

(Eze 12:10) (Eze 12:23) (Eze 13:13) (Eze 13:18) (Eze 14:6) (Eze 17:19)

(Eze 20:3) (Ex 4:22) (Ex 5:1) (Ex 7:17) (Ex 8:1) (Ex 8:20) (Ex 9:13)

(Ex 10:13) (Ex 32:27) (Joshua 24:2) (Judges 6:8) (1 Sam 2:27)

(1 Sam 10:18) (1 Sam 15:2) (2 Sam 7:5) (2 Sam 7:8) (2 Sam 12:7)

(2 Sam 12:11) (2 Sam 24:12) (Isa 1:16) (Isa38:1) (Isa 44:24)

(Amos 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13) (Obad 1:1) (Micah 2:3) (Nah 1:12) (Hag 1:5)

(Zech 1:3) (Mal 1:4)

i) A Genuine call

will always result in people having Different Responses. (Eze 2:5a)

(Eze 2:7)

“Some will be prepared to listen–Others will refuse to take heed”

(Eze 3:27) (Eze 3:19) (Eze 33:9) (Luke 10:10-12)

j) A Genuine call

will have a Huge Impact on People. (Eze 2:5b)

“Yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them”

(Eze 33:33) (John 15:22) (Matt 10:12-15) (2 Cor 2:15-17)

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k) A Genuine call

will result in Fearlessness as the Duty is Followed Through. (Eze 2:6)

(Eze 3:8-9) (Jer 1:17) (Jer 1:8) (Luke 10:19) (Isa 51:7) (Isa 51:12)

(1 Peter 3:14) (Heb 11:27) (2 Tim 1:7) (Phil 1:28) (Luke 12:4)

(2 Kings 1:15)

l) A Genuine call

will have the characteristic of only God’s word being Spoken. (Eze 2:7)

“And thou shalt speak my words”

(Eze 3:17) (Jer 23:28) (Jer 1:7) (Matt 28:20) (Jonah 3:2) (Jer 26:2)

(Ex 4:12) (Ex 6:29) (Num 22:35) (Deut 18:18)

m) A Genuine call

to be effective must first have an affect on and be heeded by the Individual Chosen for the Call. (Eze 2:8)

(Eze 3:1-3) (Eze 3:10)

“Be not THOU rebellious like that rebellious house”

(Rev 10:9) (Jer 15:16) (Isa 50:5)

n) A Genuine call

to be Genuine will involve the Hand of God. (Eze 2:9)

(Eze 1:3)

“And when I looked, behold an hand was sent unto me”

(Eze 3:22) (Eze 37:1) (Eze 40:1) (Eze 8:1) (Eze 8:3) (Eze 33:22)

(Rev 10:8-11) (Rev 5:1-5) (Daniel 10:10) (Daniel 10:16-18)

(Jer 1:9) (1 Kings 18:46) (2 Kings 3:15) (1 Chron 4:10) (Luke 1:66)

(Ezra 7:6) (Ezra 7:9) (Ezra 7:28) (Ezra 8:31) (Eze 3:14) (Ex 33:22)

(Dan 10:10) (1 Peter 5:6)

o) A Genuine call

always means that the word of God is Central. (Eze 2:9)

“And lo a roll of a book was therein”

(Eze 3:1) (Rev 5:1-5) (Rev 10:8-11) (Jer 36:2) (Heb 10:7)

p) A Genuine call

will mean an Acceptance of God’s Judgements. (Eze 2:10)

“And there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe”

(Rev 8:13) (Isa 3:11) (Rev 11:14) (Rev 9:12) (Hab 2:2) (Jer 36:29-32)

(Matt 25:46) (Rev 21:8) (Rev 20:14-15) (Jude 2:7) (John 3:36)

(Luke 13:28) (Rev 14:10) (Rev 6:8) (Matt 7:21-23) (Dan 12:2)


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MAJOR THEME TWO IN THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:

THE GLORY OF THE LORD.

The theme of the Glory of the Lord is prominent throughout the Bible and is a MAJOR theme throughout the book of Ezekiel. The Phrase “Glory Of The Lord” occurs 9 times in Ezekiel. Other similar terms occur many times throughout the Book of Ezekiel.

1) Ezekiel sees the GLORY OF THE LORD: (Eze 1:28) (Eze 3:23) (Eze 8:4)

(Eze 9:3) (Eze 10:18-20) (Eze 11:22-23) (Eze 44:4) (Eze 43:3-5) (Ex 16:7)

(Ex 16:10) (Ex 24:16-17) (Lev 9:6) (Lev 9:23) (Num 14:10) (Num 20:6)

(Ex 33:18-23) (Ex 40:34-35) (1 Kings 8:10-11) (Num 16:42) (Num 16:19)

(John 1:14) (Heb 1:3) (2 Cor 3:18) (Luke 2:9) (Psalm 138:5) (Rev 21:23)

2) Ezekiel indicates that

the presence of the GLORY OF THE LORD will bring blessing.

(Eze 3:12) (Psalm 72:18-19)

3) Ezekiel indicates that

seeing the GLORY OF THE LORD will cause immediate worship.

(Eze 1:28) (Eze 3:23) (Eze 44:4) (Rev 1:17-18) (Matt 17:5-6)

(Dan 10:7-9) (Rev 1:17)

4) Ezekiel indicates that

the GLORY OF THE LORD is connected with his brightness.

(Eze 10:4) (2 Chron 5:13-14) (Ex 40:35) (Rev 15:8)

5) Ezekiel indicates that

the visible GLORY OF THE LORD can change locations.

(Eze 10:18) (Eze 10:3-4) (Eze 11:23) (Eze 43:4)

6) Ezekiel indicates that

the GLORY OF THE LORD resides in the inner court.

(Eze 43:5) (1 Kings 8:10-11) (Hag 2:7-9) (Eze 10:4) (Ex 40:34)