Introduction to the Commentary on

The Book of Ezekiel

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       Few passages of Scripture are more challenging than the “graduate level courses” provided by Ezekiel. Yet, there is a wealth of insight in this book that opens the past and the future to us.
        Wycliffe’s Commentary on Ezekiel provides considerable insight and historical data that may prove valuable here. However, because Mr. Wycliffe biases his writings toward Christianity [as contrasted to Judaism, Islam, or some other belief structure], I am only quoting portions of his information. In addition, believing these prophecies apply to a destruction of Jerusalem and Judah in our time, I have inserted relevent information into his comments.
        Mr. Wycliffe begins his commentary with these insights:
“The book of Ezekiel comprises two portions: Ezekiel 1-24, a series of messages delivered before the fall of Jerusalem, the general burden of which is ’doom;’ Ezekiel 25-48, delivered after its fall, with the underlying theme of ’hope.’ The book is more appropriately studied under four headings:

Ezekiel 1-24, Prophecies of Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem;
Ezekiel 25-32, Prophecies Against Surrounding Nations;
Ezekiel 33-39, Prophecies of the Restoration of Israel;
Ezekiel 40-48, Visions of the New Temple and the New Law for the Redeemed People.

“I. Prophecies Against Judah and Jerusalem. Ezekiel 1:1-24:27.

        “The minatory discourses against Jerusalem and the house of Israel, delivered before the fall of Jerusalem, consist of: an introductory section, detailing the prophet’s call (
Ezekiel 1-3); symbolic actions and oracles portraying the overthrow of the city and state (Ezekiel 4-7); a group of visions depicting the frightful sins of Jerusalem that call for its destruction (Ezekiel 8-11); symbolic actions, parables, and allegories setting forth the moral necessity of the captivity (Ezekiel 12-19); and a review of Israel’s past history which cries out for certain judgment (Ezekiel 20-24).”

        Note that aside from the historical perspective presented by Mr. Wycliffe, there are clear applications to our time.
The dates given by Ezekiel throughout the book, while related to these sections, apply to events in our time. The first date begins Ezekiel 1, the second starts Ezekiel 8, and the third and fourth are framing Ezekiel 20-24. Information in these chapters speak of current events and explain our daily news.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:            
16 August 2007
Latest Update:                   23 December 2007

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