Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Prophets: The books of Israel’s prophets who announced the downfall of Israel’s kingdom and the hope of its restoration after the exile.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Prophetic: A type of Israelite poetry employed by the prophets to warn and accuse Israel of covenant violation, and to announce future hope.
Vision: A literary representation of a prophet’s dreams or visions that reveals God’s perspective on current events in the light of history’s final outcome.
Among the exiles in Babylon, Ezekiel shows that Israel deserved this judgment, and also that God’s justice creates hope for the future.
Read Scripture Part I
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Ezekiel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Ezekiel, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The Book of Ezekiel can seem vague and confusing for some readers, but with careful observation it contains key details God wants us to know about. Many of the divine visions that Ezekiel shares are relevant to God's plans for reconstructing the present world and restoring His people to our former days in the Garden of Eden. Through Ezekiel, we learn that spiritual things are just as important as the physical, and even more important regarding the physical's temporary circumstances. We also get a glimpse of God's glory manifested with His presence when riding a heavenly chariot.
God's presence being revealed to Ezekiel in Babylon also demonstrates that holiness has nothing to do with geographical location, but rather the condition of people's hearts. God is moved by the faithfulness of men like Ezekiel, who became His priest not because of status but because of his faith in God in a dark land, no matter the circumstances. His example is a model for believers everywhere.
The Lord's Chariot
God's glory appears in Babylon, appointing Ezekiel, a Jewish exile, as His prophet on Ezekiel's thirtieth birthday. Ezekiel's divine journey as God's messenger begins.
Signs and Judgment
God instructs Ezekiel to perform sign acts -- reenactments and demonstrations of Israel's coming judgment -- among the Jewish people. No one listens to them.
Finally, God's judgment against rebellious Israel has come to pass, and Ezekiel is told that Jerusalem has fallen to Babylon. Ezekiel continues to prophesy.
The Dry Bones
God transports Ezekiel to a valley filled will bones of fallen Israelites. Can these bones live? Yes, according to God's living Word. New hearts are prophesied.
New Garden Temple
An angel shows Ezekiel a new temple, new earth, and renewed creation. God has not forgotten His people, and will make all things new again.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Ezekiel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Ezekiel, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.