Bible Study Outline on Ezekiel
Ezekiel was a priest, like his father, Buzi. He also served as a prophet to the Israelite in Babylonia and those still living in Jerusalem. Ezekiel was among those who were taken into exile to Babylonia. Ezekiel was given many visions. He acted out God’s message to the Israelite so that they can repent and stop God’s judgment on Jerusalem. Ezekiel may seem crazy to the people. Actually, Ezekiel was acting with boldness in order to save the Israelite who were facing enemy invasion because their spiritual lives had become dull and dry. This happen as a result of they no longer care about God’s values and commandments anymore.
Ezekiel Vision of the Wheel
Ezekiel saw a vision of 4 creatures with 4 different faces including human being, lion, ox and eagle. Each creature has 2 wings spreading upward and 2 wings covering the body. There was a wheel moving alongside each creature. The four wheels sparkled like beryl and had one likeness. This indicates that the true churches of Christ are precious in God’s hearts, like precious stones and jewels. The true churches and Christians will be united in heart instead of quarreling against one another. The rims of the wheels were full of eyes, which represent extensive knowledge of the gospel and always looking to God for strength and sustenance in all things. The four wheels follow where the creatures go.
Ezekiel Vision of the Dry Bones
In Ezekiel 37:1-14, God showed Ezekiel a vision of a valley filled with dry bones. In this vision, God’s spirit carried Ezekiel to a valley that is filled with dry bones. God commanded Ezekiel to tell the dry bones to be covered with sinews, flesh and skin and he did. Immediately, there was a rattling noise and the dry bones were covered with sinews, flesh and skin. Then, God commanded Ezekiel to tell the wind to breathe into the dry bones. Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded him and they came to life. The bones represent the house of Israel that has lost their hopes as they are being taken into exile to Babylonia and far away from their homeland Jerusalem. God promised that he will bring restoration on Israel so that they can come back to settle in Jerusalem again.
Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones can be used as an example of Christians that look outwardly like Christians, but their spiritual lives have been dried up. They need to revive up their faith so that they will serve and follow God like when they first believe in Jesus.
Dull spiritual life can be caused by lack of spending time with God, sins, disregarding God’s commandments, and lack of spiritual disciplines. We must worship and pray every day so that our relationships with God can be closer. We should not just pray to receive a favor from God but we should also pray for others. Reading the bible and praying regularly can build up your Christian walk so that you become more spiritually mature.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:22-25 KJV)
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Revelation 2:5 KJV)
Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. (Jeremiah 2:2 KJV)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 KJV)
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (Luke 8:14 KJV)
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15 KJV)
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. (Hebrews 6:1 KJV)
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV)
Ezekiel Symbolic Act
Ezekiel acted out the siege of Jerusalem in Ezekiel 4. Ezekiel was commanded by God to take a brick and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. Then, Ezekiel is to draw a siege around the brick. He is to take an iron pan and put it between him and the city. Ezekiel is to lie on the left side for 390 days and 40 days on the right side. The left side represents the sins of the people of the northern kingdom of Israel and the right side represents the sins of the people of the southern kingdom of Judah.
Ezekiel is to make bread from wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches. Every day, Ezekiel is to measure 20 shekels of food and 1/6 of water and consume them at set times. At first, God commanded Ezekiel to cook the bread with human waste but Ezekiel refused. Ezekiel’s excuse was that nothing impure has ever enter his mouth. Therefore, God allowed Ezekiel to cook the bread with cow dung.
This symbolic act foretells the Israelite in exile land will eat defiled food and they will not be the holy people of the Lord like what was proclaimed of them in other nations around the world. Because the Israelite did not thank God for his abundance provision, they will now be lacked of food and serve their enemies in exile land. We must always be content and thank God for everything we have. It is God who supply us with all things, although you can be proud and say you earn them all by your ownself.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:8 KJV)
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20 KJV)