Hebrew Prophets II
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Bruce Baloian
March 11, 2003
"Ezekial, Part One"

I.   General Outline
A.   Prophecies Before the Fall (1-24)
1.   Ezekiel's Call (1-3)
2.   Messages of Doom (4-24)
B.   Prophecies After the Fall (25-48)
1.   Prophecies Against the Nation's (25-32)
2.   Promise of Restoration (33-48)
a.   Approach to Salvation (33-39)
i.   Oracles
ii.   Apocalyptic Section
b.   Time of Salvation (40-48)
II.   What the scholarly world has done with Ezekiel
A.   1924 - Hamman said that the book had been edited but that it had been edited by himself
B.   1924 - Holsture only 170 of the 1272 verses are from of Ezekiel
1.   His logic was that Prophets were "insane" so when people who are "insane" speak it is in short utterance
2.   Anything that wasn't in short utterance was not from Ezekiel (according to his logic)
3.   He says the book seems to be coming from Babylon, but he doesn't think the writer of the book was in Babylon (this has become the great debate)
C.   The details of the Jerusalem are so detailed, the person had to be in Jerusalem, or could have seen Jerusalem (According to the text Ezekiel was 700 miles from Jerusalem)
1.   Taken at face value - Ezekiel was in Babylon and was transported in a vision to Jerusalem (there are four of these; 1-3:15; 8-11; 37:1-14; 40-48)
2.   The person was writing from Jerusalem and only years after it was originally written did someone add the information about Babylon
D.   The consensus is that this was written 520-500 BC; Ezekiel was prophesying roughly 592 BC
E.   Today: Ezekiel is responsible for the bulk of the book, but that he edited it himself
III.   The problem with the book: Ezekiel is predicting the fall of Jerusalem, from Babylon which is 700 miles away
A.   Why doesn't God talk to a prophet in Jerusalem - he did: Jeremiah (they were contemporaries)
B.   Solution: Ezekiel has two audiences
1.   The people in Jerusalem
a.   Letting them know what is going to happen in 7 years, so that when it falls they will know God is in control all along
b.   This would allow those people to have spiritual growth after the fall
2.   For the people of the future - people would know that this was not done for Babylon but by God Himself
IV.   According to Green, what Ezekiel is a "pre-word" (chapter 2)
A.   God telling Ezekiel he needs to be tough
B.   The reason he needs to be tough is because he is not
C.   Eickrow thinks this pre-word comes from a conflict that is created from the fact Ezekiel is both a prophet ("down with establishment) and a priest (consistent establishment)
V.   Ezekiel out of all the prophets is the most artistic
VI.   Intro information about Ezekiel
A.   Chapter 2
1.   Cook food over poop to show what is going to happen in Israel
2.   This would have been atrocious for Ezekiel because he had never eaten of anything unclean, and this would evidently make it unclean
3.   Shows that God is willing to sacrifice His laws in order to make a point
B.   Chapter 9 - Ezekiel realizes that most of Israel will be destroyed
VII.   Ezekiel's life
A.   His bizarre actions are freakishly bizarre - His message is always logical; not case what so ever of a psychological disease
B.   He dashes his peoples hope; but he is desperately one of them
C.   He is most priestly out of all the prophets; but he has to predict the destruction of the temple
D.   As Judah is moving towards its doom, far away in Babylon there is a new community of Israelites starting
1.   At this time 9 out of 10 Israelites had died or been exiled to a point that no longer considered themselves Israeli
2.   This should have destroyed this nation
3.   Israel has never been destroyed - they remain today and it really speaks to the miracle working of God
E.   His preaching is extremely demonstrative & physically effective
1.   Chapter 1:28 - he falls on his face
2.   Chapter 3:14 - Causes "consternation" among the elders
3.   Chapter 13 - Could illustrate of some form of epilepsy
4.   Chapter 21:6 -
5.   Chapter 24:16-17 -