By Daniel I. Block
To many readers the e-book of Ezekiel is a hopeless riddle. Many beneficial properties of the fellow and his message look tough and infrequently even stunning or offensive. the unusual commencing imaginative and prescient catches us off shield and tempts us to prevent studying. A chronic reader, besides the fact that, who meditates hard and long on person utterances and signal activities, will observe that regardless of the strangeness of the guy, this can be the main in actual fact equipped of the most important prophetic books. person prophecies are basically marked by means of headings and sometimes by means of conclusions. The priestly prophet knew his viewers, whatever that's obvious if one maintains to delve deeper: he famous in Judah's uprising opposed to YHWH the underlying reason behind the divine fury that led to the exile of his humans and the autumn of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 BCE. notwithstanding, he additionally famous that YHWH's judgment couldn't be the final word: his covenant is everlasting and irrevocable, and an afternoon of religious renewal and nationwide recovery is anticipated.
This is the 1st of 2 volumes of essays on Ezekiel and his e-book. The seven common essays and reviews of specific texts during this assortment discover the days, the message, and the equipment of the prophetic priest.
The current quantity displays the author's longstanding curiosity in Ezekiel, the fellow and his ebook. This assortment is prepared as follows: a normal essay on preaching the message of Ezekiel; an artificial essay at the theology of the publication; a chain on extra particular theological themes, literary experiences concerned with particular texts that body the 1st half the publication (chs. 1 and 24). extra essays dealing as a rule with the second one half the booklet will to be had within the significant other quantity, 'Beyond the River Chebar: reports in Kingship and Eschatology in Ezekiel'.
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In fact, no other prophet presses the margins of literary propriety as severely as Ezekiel. 4. Memory—guidance on how to remember speeches. While the forms Ezekiel used in the rhetorical situation are striking, his penchant for the number “seven” (as in the oracles against the nations, chs. 25–32) and the “halving” of texts into panels of roughly equal length will have made his utterances more memorable. 5. Delivery—the technique employed in actually making the speech. For all YHWH’s commands to speak and to act, on only four occasions does he report his rhetorical actions (11:13; 11:25; 24:18–19; 37:7, 10).
6 above). 10. Be sure that every sermon offers grace to the congregation. Not all texts in the book include notes of grace, but they all assume Israel’s past experience of grace and/or anticipate a future work of grace. Third, prepare the people well for the series and for individual sermons. Invite them during the week to read aloud repeatedly the text to be considered the following Sunday, and introduce them to related texts. Provide helpful notes, explanations, and diagrams in church publications.
In his revisionist histories (chs. 16, 20, 23) he recalls the abominations of the past. But his view of the people’s present is no better. Although his countrymen complain about being punished for sins committed by their predecessors, Ezekiel responds that every generation stands before the divine Judge on its own merits/demerits; no innocent person is punished for the sins of the fathers (18:1–32). But however wicked God’s people have been, and however horrendous the judgment—based upon the covenant curses (Lev 26:14–39 and Deut 4:25–28; 28:15–68; 29:14–29)—also certain is Ezekiel’s vision of restoration-based on the covenant promises (Lev 26:40–46; Deut 4:30–31; 30:1–10).
By the River Chebar: Historical, Literary, and Theological Studies in the Book of Ezekiel by Daniel I. Block