Today’s reading is: Jer. 37:11-38:28; Ezek. 1:1-3:15
Jeremiah Chapter Thirty-Seven
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- With the Babylonian siege lifted, Jeremiah uses the opportunity to travel and settle some real estate business (Jer. 37:11-12).
- Jeremiah is wrongfully accused of being a Babylonian spy, and imprisoned accordingly (Jer. 37:13-16).
- Zedekiah sought a word from the Lord and set Jeremiah at liberty in the court of the guardhouse (Jer. 37:17-21).
Jeremiah Chapter Thirty-Eight
- Zedekiah’s officials finally had enough of Jeremiah’s messages (Jer. 21,37), and lowered him into a cistern to die (Jer. 38:1-6).
- Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian eunuch becomes the man of the hour, and rescues Jeremiah from the cistern (Jer. 38:7-13).
- Zedekiah approached Jeremiah secretly, and asked what he must do to survive (Jer. 38:14-28).
- Zedekiah personally guarantees Jeremiah’s safety (vv.14-16).
- Zedekiah confesses his many fears (vv.17-19).
- Jeremiah warns Zedekiah to begin obeying the Lord immediately (vv.20-23).
- Zedekiah & Jeremiah agree to a “cover story” for their conversation, and respect the confidence of their discussion (vv.24-28).
Ezekiel Chapter One
- Ezekiel was called to prophetic office at 30 years of age, when he could not enter into the priestly service because of his captivity in Babylon (Ezek. 1:1).
- Ezekiel was given the spiritual capacity to view the spiritual dimension of heaven and was spiritually empowered by the hand of the Lord (Ezek. 1:1-3).
- Ezekiel will never be able to physically travel to the Lord’s presence in Solomon’s temple, but the Lord traveled to Ezekiel upon His royal angelic chariot-throne (Ezek. 1:4-28).
- The Word of the Lord came to Ezekiel. He was commissioned with a Divine message for Israel (cp. Isa. 1:10; 38:4; Jer. 1:2,4; Hos. 1:1; Joel 1:1; Jon. 1:1; Mic. 1:1; Zeph. 1:1; Hag. 1:1,3; Zech. 1:1; Mal. 1:7). This phrase occurs 60x in the Book of Ezekiel.
- The chariot-throne of God is borne by four four-winged, four-faced cherubim (Ezek. 1:5-12).
- Like the Apostle John on Patmos, Ezekiel falls on his face in the presence of such Divine majesty (Ezek. 1:28; Rev. 1:17).
Ezekiel Chapter Two
- Ezekiel is called “Son of Man.” This is a title he is addressed by 93x in this book, and shared only by the other exilic prophet—Daniel (Dan. 8:17).
- Ezekiel is spiritually empowered to function in a unique prophetic ministry (Ezek. 2:2).
- The Lord instructs Ezekiel to stay faithful to his message regardless of how poorly that message is received (Ezek. 2:3-7).
- Ezekiel’s first glimpse of the Word of the Lord was an unpleasant message of lamentations, mourning & woe (Ezek. 2:8-10).
Ezekiel Chapter Three
- Ezekiel ate the Word which the Lord fed him (Ezek. 3:1-3), and is warned again how obstinate his audience will be (Ezek. 3:4-11).
- The Lord departed in His chariot, and Ezekiel was transported back to Tel-abib, waiting 7 days for his first sermon (Ezek. 3:12-15).
- These exiles went into captivity with King Jehoiachin in 597BC.
- They waited eagerly for any prophetic word concerning their return to Jerusalem—up to the very day that Jerusalem was destroyed in 586BC.
- The prophetic word did come, to Jeremiah in Jerusalem and to Ezekiel in Babylonia—the return will not occur for 70 years.
(Chapter Three continues tomorrow)