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Bible Study on Ezekiel 1-3, 8-10

  the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was upon him there. (Ezekiel 1:3).

Did you ever wonder why you are where you are? Like why God did you want me to come here? It seems desolate, it seems difficult, it seems wrong, it doesn’t make sense?

I would just ask you to consider if the Lord is there? Is He meeting you there because if He is you should not fret or allow yourself to accuse the Lord with disappointment. He is there and He wants you there for a reason, He has purpose and a plan and the strength you need will be found in knowing what that plan is, that will help you to endure!

When we surrender to the Lord we give Him everything. We give Him our days and nights. We surrender all the plans we have for our future and we give it to Him. Can I tell you that when you do that you will never be bored, you will never lack adventure and you surely won’t be disappointed?! The Lord has so much wisdom and knowledge to give you, He will answer every question you have about everything! You will know and understand why He does what He does and what He is going to do next. There is no end to searching out His understanding!

 

The goal is to KNOW HIM. In knowing Him we receive all of Him and the authority to do whatever He desires us to do. He will lead us and fill us with HIS DESIRES. He loves so much He will give us away like His Son. He will break us like bread and fill those who are hungry, He will pour us out like wine to those who are thirsty. 

One of the quarrels God had with the Jews, when he sent them into captivity, was for mocking his messengers and misusing his prophets; and yet, when they were suffering for this sin, he favored them with this forfeited mercy

 Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 1337). Peabody: Hendrickson.

The Jews sang this song in Babylon while in their captivity. It gives us insight to their heart and what Ezekiel heard as he sat with them.

Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land

1          By the rivers of Babylon,

There we sat down, yea, we wept

When we remembered Zion.

2          We hung our harps

Upon the willows in the midst of it.

3          For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,

And those who plundered us requested mirth,

Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

4          How shall we sing the Lord’s song

In a foreign land?

5          If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

Let my right hand forget its skill!

6          If I do not remember you,

Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—

If I do not exalt Jerusalem

Above my chief joy.

7          Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom

The day of Jerusalem,

Who said, “Raze it, raze it,

To its very foundation!”

8          O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed,

Happy the one who repays you as you have served us!

9          Happy the one who takes and dashes

Your little ones against the rock!

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 137:1–9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 

Many interpreters believe that Ezekiel was a captive amongst them.

 but among the captives by that river Ezekiel was, and himself a captive. Observe here, (1.) The best men, and those that are dearest to God, often share, not only in the common calamities of this life, but in the public and national judgments that are inflicted for sin; those feel the smart who contributed nothing to the guilt, by which it appears that the difference between good and bad arises not from the events that befal them, but from the temper and disposition of their spirits under them. And since not only righteous men, but prophets, share with the worst in present punishments, we may infer thence, with the greatest assurance, that there are rewards reserved for them in the future state

 Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 1337). Peabody: Hendrickson.

 

If he was he did allow the leadership of the Father to take him there. It is not that the Father wanted to harm him but He did allow Ezekiel to understand the captivity. Not all the Jews were there some were in the land of Israel but those taken captive were able to be in the midst of the pain and suffering and not be harmed.

 

I think this is so important that we understand the leadership of the Lord. Ezekiel needed to reach these captives. How many times the Lord will lead us through trial and tribulation knowing we can stay in communion with Him and be unharmed.

 

Look at Daniel in the lion’s den, Job’s suffering, Shadrach, Mesach, Abednego all refusing to bow but their suffering reached the King’s heart that transformed a nation. Do you believe that God may allow you to suffer a while to reach those in captivity?

 

The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” 48 Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 Also Daniel petitioned the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Da 2:47–49). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 

I think of how Jesus suffered. Why would God send His Son to suffer for us? He knew they would kill Him, He told them what He would have to do in order to set them free. Why would it be so different for us?

 

One of the quarrels God had with the Jews, when he sent them into captivity, was for mocking his messengers and misusing his prophets; and yet, when they were suffering for this sin, he favoured them with this forfeited mercy. It were ill with us if God did not sometimes graciously thrust upon us those means of grace and salvation which we have foolishly thrust from us. In their captivity they were destitute of ordinary helps for their souls, and therefore God raised them up these extraordinary ones; for God’s children, if they be hindered in their education one way, shall have it made up another way. But observe, It was in the fifth year of the captivity that Ezekiel was raised up amongst them, and not before. So long God left them without any prophet, till they began to lament after the Lord and to complain that they saw not their signs and there was none to tell them how long (Ps. 74:9), and then they would know how to value a prophet, and God’s discoveries of himself to them by him would be the more acceptable and comfortable. The Jews that remained in their own land had Jeremiah with them, those that had gone into captivity had Ezekiel with them; for wherever the children of God are scattered abroad he will find out tutors for them

 Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 1337). Peabody: Hendrickson.

 

One of the struggles between God and the Jews was they were mocking His messengers and misusing His prophets. Even still the mercy of God was extended to them. It may be why it took five years before Ezekiel showed up. They lamented and we see it in Psalm 74.

 

We do not see our signs;

There is no longer any prophet;

Nor is there any among us who knows how long

The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 74:9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 

The Lord comes to them through Ezekiel to correct them. 

God the Refuge of the Righteous

Psalm 94:12–15 (NKJV)

12 Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord,

And teach out of Your law,

13 That You may give him rest from the days of adversity,

Until the pit is dug for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not cast off His people,

Nor will He forsake His inheritance.

15 But judgment will return to righteousness,

And all the upright in heart will follow it.

 

We have this promise, God will always send a prophet, an instruction, leadership for us. It may be on the inside of us or it may through someone else but we can be confident that He will lead us no matter how dark or awful the trial is – we will come through – we will come out and while we are in it there are so many people captive, so many in that place that need the Lord we should be aware and mindful of His heart for them!

 

What is it like to have correction, when all you want to do is complain?

 

Note, It is a great mercy to have the word of God brought to us, and a great duty to attend to it diligently, when we are in affliction. The word of instruction and the rod of correction may be of great service to us, in concert and concurrence with each other, the word to explain the rod and the rod to enforce the word: both together give wisdom. It is happy for a man, when he is sick and in pain, to have a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, if he have but his ear open to discipline, Job 33:23

 Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 1337). Peabody: Hendrickson.

 

The Lord sees the pain of the Jews in captivity but the way out is for their hearts to change. So many times, we want the Lord to just remove the enemy but He wants us to overcome. We need to be able to walk in authority and overcome the enemy through the battle. Every battle allows us an opportunity to take ground, to walk near with the Lord understanding His heart and when He corrects us we gain not lose. We receive so much more of Him if we respond with humility and say Yes to Him.

 

23        “If there is a messenger for him,

A mediator, one among a thousand,

To show man His uprightness, (Job 33:23).

 

Confession is always powerful for us to admit we made a mistake and have made a decision to do right.

 

Then he looks at men and says,

‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right,

And it did not profit me.’

28        He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit,

And his life shall see the light. (Job 33:27–28).

The goodness of God will lead us out!

 

“Give ear, Job, listen to me;

Hold your peace, and I will speak.

32        If you have anything to say, answer me;

Speak, for I desire to justify you.

33        If not, listen to me;

Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.” (Job 33:31–33).

 

As we read on in Job Elihu confronts Job in his self-righteousness. This is probably one of the most difficult areas in our lives that prevents the Lord from ministering to us. We depend on our works to be our relationship with God. Job perhaps rehearsed all the things he had done for God. We do that, thinking that is our relationship. The truth is God will give leadership to sinners to accomplish His will. The works, the leadership is not “relationship”.

 

Elihu was very young, he spoke last to Job after everyone else spoke. Yet his words brought Job to repentance which turned everything around. Job was restored and this youth, this young man was able to reveal to Job what he was trusting in and that it was not the Father.

 

Correction is like that, it shows us how we may have veered off the path. We may be really busy doing many things that we trust will please the Father but more than what we do He wants us! He wants intimacy with us, He wants communion and our dependence on Him for everything. We can be caught up in our heritage, our family’s station in life, our works, our gifts and callings but on that day, we face the Lord in judgment He will not be impressed with all of that, it will be did you know me? If not the bible says He will spew us out of His mouth.

 

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