- He was a priest
- He was about the age of eleven when the righteous king Josiah was killed.
- He was in the exile along with Daniel.
- Ezekiel was 25 when he was carried off to Babylon.
- At the age of thirty God started to reveal to him through visions and named Ezekiel to be a prophet.
- Ezekiel would have heard the messages of Jeremiah and may have known the ministries of Habakkuk and Zephaniah.
Ezekiel 4:4-8 “Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. 5 I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel.
6 “After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year. 7 Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her. 8 I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your siege.
Ezekiel had to:
- Lie on his left side for 390 days
- Eat 8 oz. of bread each day
- Drink 2/3 quart of water
- Tied with ropes so that he could not turn from one side to the other
- After finished turn over to the right side and do the same thing for 40 days.
- Total of 430 days.
- Shave head and beard with sharp sword
Ezekiel 5:1 “Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.”
Ezekiel 24:15-18 “ The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes. Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears. 17 Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover the lower part of your face or eat the customary food of mourners. ”
18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.”
Psalms 137 “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill .
6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy.”
What is the message of Ezekiel?
- Condemnation and judgment of Judah (4-24)
- The Judgment on the gentiles (25-32)
- The restoration of Israel (33-48)
Valley of dry bones
Ezekiel 37:11-14 “ Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord. ’”
- The nation is dead
- Only hope is in God
Here is a secret that will go a long way in your life:
Ezekiel 37:3 “He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.””
Ezekiel could have answered in a variety of ways:
- He could have said no;
- He could of said I am not too sure;
- He could of said yes I know what needs to happen;
- Instead Ezekiel said “You alone know.”
You Lord have a way!
You are the one who is capable.
You O Lord are the place I put my hope!
Jesus died on the cross so that dry bones may be restored, released, redeemed and revived! Listen to the message below for the conclusion and learn how you can overcome the message of discouragement…