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Preaching on Ezekiel

An overview of the historical background and theology of Ezekiel to help you develop your sermon series and apply it to your hearers.
Preaching on Ezekiel
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Historical Background

Of all the prophets who had tough ministries to Israel, no one had a tougher ministry than Ezekiel. His name means “God strengthens,” and he is definitely made of gristle, given the breath-taking nature of what God called him to do, both overall and in detail. Unlike Jeremiah though, he offers up no laments about how difficult it is. Tough stuff!

We do not know much of his backstory, though there are hints to it. He was a Levitical priest of the family of Buzi (1:3), who had been taken to Babylon with the second group of exiles during the reign of Jehoiachin (597 BC). Ezekiel 1:1-3 dates his first prophetic message in "the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin," thus 593 BC. This tells us that the timing of things is important to Ezekiel’s message, but perhaps for reasons that are not readily apparent.

Some struggle with whether the punishments God inflicted on the nation fit their crimes. The prophets struggled with this too (like Habakkuk), ...

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