These latter, as adhering to the theocratic principle, were among the earliest to be removed by the Chaldeans, who believed that, if they were out of the way, the nation would fall to pieces of itself. The vicinity of the river Chebar, which flows into the Euphrates near Circeslum, was the first scene of his prophecies (Eze 1:1). Visions of God - The exposition of the fundamental principles of the existence and nature of a Supreme God, and of the created angels, was called by the rabbis "the Matter of the Chariot" (compare 1 Chronicles 28:18) in reference to the form of Ezekiel's vision of the Almighty; and the subject was deemed so mysterious as to call for special caution in its study. These laws were meant to have both hygienic reasons and spiritual applications; they were never intended as the way to be right with God. If she is cleansed: When the abnormal discharge ended, there was an additional seven days of ceremonial impurity. It is significant that the Apostle Paul made a close connection between uncleanness and sexual immorality, as in 2 Corinthians 12:21, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5 and other passages. 10. 15 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest? Bible Versions ... Ezekiel 15. Now it came to pass—rather, "And it came," &c. As this formula in Jos 1:1 has reference to the written history of previous times, so here (and in Ru 1:1, and Es 1:1), it refers to the unwritten history which was before the mind of the writer. Daniel's predictions are mostly later than Ezekiel's but his piety and wisdom had become proverbial in the early part of Ezekiel's ministry (Eze 14:14, 16; 28:3). - If a vine be fruitful, it is valuable. It is mentioned as part of the canon in Melito's catalogue [Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, 4.26]; also in Origen, Jerome, and the Talmud. Beyond building a culture of appropriate sexual restraint, there were additional benefits to these commands. l. 5. c. 18. The best portions of the people seem to have been among the first carried away (Eze 11:16; Jer 24:2-7, 8, 10). She shall be set apart seven days: The woman’s ceremonial impurity lasted seven days. The call of Ezekiel followed the very next year after the communication of Jeremiah's predictions to Babylon (Jer 51:59), and was divinely intended as a sequel to them. a. The heavens were opened; the firmament or lower parts of the celestial arch either really did, or to appearance seemed to divide, and the contiguous parts withdrew as a curtain, to give the prophet the view of what was within; or as folding doors set open that he might look into that apartment where this unusual sight was prepared. The Argument - After Jehoiachin by the counsel of Jeremiah and Ezekiel had yielded himself to Nebuchadnezzar, and so went into captivity with his mother and various of his princes and of the people, some began to repent and murmur that they had obeyed the prophet's counsel, as though the things which they had prophesied would not come to pass, and therefore their estate would still be miserable under the Chaldeans. The name Ezekiel means "(whom) God will strengthen" [Gesenius]; or, "God will prevail" [Rosenmuller]. (z) Vol. They were despised by their brethren in the Holy Land not yet captives, as having no share in the temple sacrifices. One could be a follower of Jesus without the ritual conformity to the Mosaic Law. It is a remarkable proof of genuineness that in Ezekiel no prophecies against Babylon occur among those directed against the enemies of the covenant-people. No trace, however, can elsewhere be pointed out of the existence of a chronology dating from these events. His position in a heathen king's palace fitted him for revelations of the outward relations of God's kingdom to the kingdoms of the world, so that his book is ranked by the Jews among the Hagiographa or "Sacred Writings," not among the prophetical Scriptures. After a period of seven days (presumably without the discharge), there was a ceremonial cleansing. a. Of God; excellent and wonderful. (3) A year and two months later a vision of the temple polluted by Tammuz or Adonis worship; God's consequent scattering of fire over the city and forsaking of the temple to reveal Himself to an inquiring people in exile; happier and purer times to follow (Eze 8:1-11:25). Every bed is unclean on which he who has the discharge lies: Essentially, the uncleanness associated with an abnormal genital discharge from a man was spread through contact. (c) Travels, par. Read Ezekiel 18 commentary using Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. i. The effect of his labors is to be seen in the improved character of the people towards the close of the captivity, and their general cessation from idolatry and a return to the law. sect. “The declaration of semen as unclean in this passage illustrates the sharp distinction between Israelite religion and the pagan religions of the ancient Near East. So the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD because of his discharge. 3 Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? So by the name of God the Hebrew expresses any excellency, as, cedars of God, man of God. in Ezek. The principle of sexual restraint is often stated in the New Testament. Under this principle of the Law of Moses, any emission of semen was ceremonially unclean and could not be associated with the working of the tabernacle or temple. “This refers to an abnormal fluid that comes out of the male sexual organ as a result of some kind of sickness.” (Peter-Contesse), ii. The latter was the case here. Before the captivity the months were described not by proper names but by their order, "the first, the second," etc. Ezekiel chapter 3 KJV (King James Version) 1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. i. When they defile My tabernacle that is among them: This made an obvious separation between sex and the worship of God. They much resemble one another, especially in the visions and grotesque images. Eze 1:1-28. It was little more than thirty years after the close of his labors when the decree of the Jews' restoration was issued. It flows into the Euphrates near Carchemish or Circesium, two hundred miles north of Babylon. Ezekiel 3:22; Ezekiel 8:1; Ezekiel 33:22; Ezekiel 37:1; Ezekiel 40:1. A. M. 3409. p. 127. We also remember that Jesus is the One who makes us clean and fit for fellowship: You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you (John 15:3). a. ‘If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she shall be set apart seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Every bed is unclean on which he who has the discharge lies, and everything on which he sits shall be unclean. Because they were symbols not likenesses, they could yet be the same though their appearance was varied. At the time mentioned, Ezekiel found himself בּתוך הגּולה, "in the midst of the exiles," i.e., within the circuit of their settlements, not, in their society; for it is evident from Ezekiel 3:15 that he was alone when the theophany was imparted to him, and did not repair till afterwards to the residences of the settlers. 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