Category Archives: Ezekiel

Child Sacrifice, Part 2

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 185. Ezekiel 20:25-26 states: “Moreover I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. I defiled them through their very gifts, … Continue reading

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Blood on Your Hands

Over the past few days, I’ve been blogging about Christian universalism, the belief that God will save everyone in the end. I’ve discussed this issue before, specifically when I interacted with Zondervan’s More Than One Way? Four Views on Salvation … Continue reading

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A Clean Altar

Those who read me regularly probably get the impression that I’m reacting against my evangelical background. When I was in the evangelical movement, there was a part of me that got bored with reading the Bible. The evangelicals I knew … Continue reading

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Why Wasn’t It Built?

I’ve been reading Ezekiel for my daily quiet time, and I’m on the part about the new temple. In Ezekiel 43:11, God tells Ezekiel to tell the people of Israel the dimensions and features of the proposed temple so that … Continue reading

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Musical Sacrifice

I heard an interesting lecture today by a scholar named Michael Swartz. He was talking about fifth century piyyutim, which are Jewish liturgical poems. The title of his lecture was “From Prayer to Sacrifice: Rethinking the History of Jewish Ritual … Continue reading

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When Were They Bad?

I’m struggling to understand Ezekiel 34. vv 3-6 say the following about the bad shepherds: “You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. You have not strengthened … Continue reading

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"But That’s Not Fair!"

In “What Were They Feeling?” and “The Other Side’s Voice”, I discussed the views of most Judeans in the time of Ezekiel. By and large, the Judeans did not accept Ezekiel’s message, often for contradictory reasons, and they expressed their … Continue reading

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God the Shepherd

In Ezekiel 34, God condemns the shepherds of Israel, accusing them of caring more for themselves than the Israelite people. To correct this problem, God promises to come himself and assume the role of Israel’s shepherd. God will replace Israel’s … Continue reading

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The Refugee

Someone should make a movie about Ezekiel 33:21-22. In that passage, a refugee from Jerusalem comes to Ezekiel and tells him that the city has fallen. When Ezekiel hears the refugee’s message, he is suddenly able to speak. Before that, … Continue reading

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How Will They Know?

Throughout the Book of Ezekiel, God says that various people shall know that God is the LORD. Usually, the context is God’s wrath. In Ezekiel, the ones who will know God’s identity include the people of Judah and other nations, … Continue reading

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