For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4



A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2003 James Melough

Ezekiel, meaning he will be strengthened by God, was a priest, probably of the line of Zadok, and a contemporary of Daniel and Jeremiah.  He had been taken captive to Babylon in Nebuchadnezzar’s second incursion against Judah in 597 BC, eleven

years before the destruction of Jerusalem.  His ministry of at least twenty-two years, which began in 593-592 BC, and seems to have ended in 571 or 570 BC, see 1:2 and 29:17, was primarily to Judah, both to those who had been taken captive to Babylon in 597 BC, and to those who had been allowed to remain in their own land; but his prophecy related also to the northern kingdom, the ten tribes, who had been taken captive to Assyria in 721 BC, and was to encourage both of them by assurance of ultimate deliverance, and return of their national glory.  The captivity ended just a little over thirty years after the close of his ministry.


The first twenty-four chapters were written after the first two deportations, but before the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC.


Relative to his lavish use of symbolism, the Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary makes the following pertinent remark, “His great aim was to stimulate the dormant minds of the Jews.  For this end nothing was better suited than the use of mysterious symbols expressed in the plainest words.  The superficial, volatile, and wilfully unbelieving would thereby be left to judicial blindness (Isaiah 6:10; Matthew 13:11-13, &c.); whereas the better-disposed would be awakened to a deeper search into the things of God by the very obscurity of the symbols.”


His prophecy, however, embraces a time period of vaster scope, for it details also what will be in the coming Millennium.


Another purpose of his prophecy was to rebuke the wickedness of Israel and Judah, who while maintaining the outward form of worshiping Jehovah, had also worshiped idols.

Ezekiel 1


     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
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