The three themes are that Go exists, that god punishes those who disobey and that he is merciful at the same time. It is a blend of the demands of Gods people and the punishments as well as the rewards. In essence, it is a complete book that narrates what happens if you don’t follow god’s commands and you sin again and again.
It is important to know that you need to be vary of God’s orders and that you need to understand that there is hope for you if you repent on your sins. This is because god is forgiving and he does not like to punish his men.
Ezekiel also known as Hebrew Yehezqel is the prophet of Israel and is in the Old Testament Book. He is the center of the teachings in the book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible. He is known to go into exile with the Israelites to the city of Babylon as decreed by the King Nebuchadnezzar.
It is known that god gave Ezekiel visions which he acted out for the Israelites who inferred different meanings from his actions. Although not much is known about his personal life, it is known that he was the son of a priest named Buzi and lead a humble life.
The story tells us that god didn’t send the Israelites to exile to punish them. He doesn’t need to punish anyone. Rather, he sent them to exile in order to bring an end. He did it in order to force some humility and repentance in his people in fort of the true god. There lives of sin and rebellion had washed any remorse from them.
The punishment was god’s way of reminding them that he existed. They were reminded of their humble identity and the majesty of god. God had sent century’s worth of messages and warnings to his people to no avail. Finally, it was time for some physical reminder.
My favorite chapters in the book of Ezekiel are from 33 to 48. This is because they are the chapters associated with hope and fill you with new light. It is important to realize your duty towards god and be hopeful for his guidance and mercy.
He can put you through trial but it is his way if helping you realize your duty towards him. The chapters help you to focus on hoping and understanding the methods of god and obeying his orders for a better life and afterlife. It is essential that you understand his orders and are able to obey him.
Ezekiel envisioned god as a vision he had when he was held captive by the king. He explained that he saw 4 creatures with four faces and two wings each. They had a human face, a lion face an ox face and an eagles face. They were aligned such that their wings touched one another. Below the wings they had human hands and their feet were those of calves. On their head sat crowns.
There was light emitting from them as though they were bade of burning coal. When he saw this site, he bowed down. This is when he heard the voice of god speaking to him. He related this vision of god to the men around him.
New scholars question the authenticity of the book of Ezekiel because it names him as a priest as well as a prophet. In the Old Testament it was known that prophets could be the descendants of the priests but once attaining prophet hood they were declared as prophets. However, in the book of Ezekiel, the two words are used interchangeably that raises questions to its authenticity.
Also, some verses are known to be changed which further raises the issue of how authentic the currently known book of Ezekiel really is. Unless completely sure of its ancestry, the scholars refuse to believe its teachings and its authenticity.
There are different themes explored in the book of Ezekiel. It opens with a vision of the priest where he is visited by god. It ten goes on to the prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem. This is explained as god’s punishment. Finally, the book closes with promises of hope and salivation.
The basic theme is that sinner are warned again and again and their refusal to commit to God lead to his anger that resulted in God sending a physical warning by exiling Israelites. However, this punishment was given as means of showing the sinners that he existed and to be humble and ask for penance. Finally he shows that god is merciful with his promises of salivation and hope.
The god has warned against the sin of Idolatry and cured Israel from this sin. Once the Israelites returned from exile and rebuilt the temple, they never turned away from the true god. Ezekiel gave clear instructions against the sin of idolatry and told his followers of the extreme consequences of this sin.
It was important for his nation to know of the horrendous consequences so they could keep away from this sin and abide by the law of God. As in the books before and the books that come after, there has been strict laws against the sin of idolatry.
Ezekiel was asked by god 7 days after he received his call to prophecy to completely mute himself unless it was god’s sayings that he said. It was also said that the dumbness would last until the fall of the city. After seven and a half years, when news came of the city’s fall, he could finally speak and was not dumb anymore.
This is written in the book f Ezekiel and is visible for anyone who wishes to read it for themselves. It is important to understand the different aspects of the book in order to know the whole story and the meaning behind the different actions of god.
The book of Ezekiel is thought to contradict the book of Deuteronomy. However, in reality both are in agreement. In the book of Deuteronomy god says that he loves his people but he will also punish them if they are disobedient. In the book of Ezekiel, he says that he does not like punishing his people.
In essence he means that he will punish the disobeyers but he doesn’t like doing it. Hence, it is a sentence that is misread and misunderstood as though god will not punish the disobeyers. Therefore, the two books are in agreement with one another.