Jesus Through the Word: Ezekiel

Monday October 2, 2017
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While it is true for every book in this series, it is especially and hopelessly true for Ezekiel, in that there is no way to possibly do justice to this book in one night. It is possible neither to sum it up nor to give a really adequate picture of how it points us to Jesus. Therefore, in charity and grace, please take the following as a mere scratching of the surface, a goad to dig deeper. This also explains why I ramble a lot more than I normally do in the audio :) Blessings — Joe

Week Twenty Three: Ezekiel
 
Outline
The Judgment of Judah (1-25)
The Judgment of the Nations (25-32)
The Restoration of Judah (33-39)
The Restoration of the Temple (40-48)
 
Themes
The Transcendence of God
Ezekiel’s Vision of God (1:4-28)
The Holiness of God’s Name (36)
 
Sin and Judgment
Idolatry in the Temple (8)
The Unfaithful Wife (16)
The Adulterous Sisters (23)
The Departure of YHWH (10)
Jerusalem Destroyed (24)
 
The Guilt of the Nations
Jerusalem’s Purpose (5:5) 
Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, Egypt (25-32)
Lamentation for the Nations (27, 30)
 
The Moral Responsibility of the Individual
Cannot hide behind righteous men (14:12-20)
Repent and Turn! (18:1-32)
Turn and Live (33:10-20)
 
Resurrection Glory
New Hearts (36)
New Creation (37)
Gog and Magog destroyed (38-39)
New Temple (40-48)
 
Where is Jesus?
Thirtieth Year (1:1 — Luke 3:23)
The Glory of the Lord (1:26-28 — Revelation 1)
The Mark of the Cross (9:4)
The Good Shepherd (34:20-24 — John 10:11)
The True Jew (36 — Romans 2:24-39)
Pentecost (39:29 — Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17-21)
The Temple (40-48 — John 2:18-22; c.f. Matthew 12:6; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 16; Ephesians 2:21)
The Living Water (47 — John 4:10-11, 7:37-38)
Living Fruit, Healing Leaves for the Nations (47:12 — John 6:51) 
The Number 153 (47:10 — John 21:11)
 
Bonus Round — The Book of Revelation 
The throne-vision (Rev. 4; Ezekiel 1); 
The book (Rev. 5; Ezekiel 2-3); 
The four plagues (Rev. 6:1-8; Ezekiel 5); 
The slain and the altar (Rev. 6:9-11; Ezekiel 6);
The wrath of God (Rev. 6:12ff; Ezekiel 7);
The sealed foreheads (Rev.7; Ezekiel 9); 
Coals from the altar (Rev. 8; Ezekiel 10);
No more delay (Rev. 10:1-7; Ezekiel 12);
Eat the book (Rev. 10:8-11; Ezekiel 2); 
Measuring the Temple (Rev. 11:1-2; Ezekiel 40-43);
Jerusalem and Sodom (Rev. 11:8; Ezekiel 16);
Cup of wrath (Rev. 14; Ezekiel 23);
Vine of the land (Rev. 14:18-20; Ezekiel 15);
The great harlot (Rev. 17-18; Ezekiel 16, 23);
A lament over the city (Rev. 18; Ezekiel 27);
The scavenger’s feast (Rev. 19; Ezekiel 39);
The first resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6; Ezekiel 37);
Gog and Magog (Rev. 20:7-9; Ezekiel 38-39);
The New Jerusalem Rev. 21; Ezekiel 40-48);
The river of life (Rev. 22; Ezekiel 47).
 
What is this book about?
Jerusalem had been established as YHWH’s bride in the center of the nations to bear witness to God’s holiness, beauty, and majesty. But she failed, committing adultery with the nations and rejecting goodness of God. Judgment was therefore necessary, but God after darkness, light — there would be resurrection and glory in their future.
 
How does it point to Jesus?
The resurrection and glory promised to Israel throughout this book is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He is the Resurrection, He is the Living Water flowing from the Temple, He is the fruit and leaves to bring life and healing to the nations, He is the Temple itself, in Whom we approach the Throne of Grace, and the Father Almighty. Furthermore, the NT Church has become the body of Christ, and therefore we are the New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb.