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Satanic Seduction

Satanic Seduction

We saw previously that Ezekiel 25–32 contain oracles from God against various enemies of Judah. We specifically considered chapter 25, where the Lord pronounced judgement against Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Philistia. These were relatively brief oracles. The oracle against...
Understanding God’s Purposes

Understanding God’s Purposes

As we observed yesterday, Ezekiel 25—the text before us this morning—moves us into a new section in the prophecy. Until now, Ezekiel has focused us largely on God’s judgement against Judah. In chapters 25–32, he shifts focus to God’s punishment on surrounding nations....
A Subtle Prosperity Gospel

A Subtle Prosperity Gospel

Ezekiel 24 is, in many ways, a turning point in the book. For one thing, this chapter records the beginning of Nebuchadnezzar’s final attack on Jerusalem. The siege would last for some time yet, but the day was significant. For another, Ezekiel’s tongue was finally...
Why We Need Sin

Why We Need Sin

It can be disconcerting to spend extended time studying a book like Ezekiel—or, indeed, any of the prophets. The prophetic message, by and large, was a negative one. God called the prophets, for the most part, to confront his people’s sin and call them to repentance....
The Sword and the Fire

The Sword and the Fire

God has placed within the human heart an intrinsic desire for justice. We balk at injustice and cry for justice to be implemented. Think of the reactions to the recent news that Graham Smith was cleared of all racist-related charges by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and...
Unqualified to Enquire

Unqualified to Enquire

In recent chapters in Ezekiel, we have considered the Lord’s messages to Job for the exiles by means of parable and metaphor and lament. Each message was given by the Lord’s initiative to the people. Chapter 20, before us this morning, shifts gears slightly. Here, the...