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Author: Ron Graham

Ezekiel

Ezekiel Chapters 24 and 25
—Outline and Notes

1 Context Overview

The 24th chapter of Ezekiel is about the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebudchadnezzar king of the Chaldeans.

Zedekiah was reigning in Jerusalem at the time. He was in the ninth year of his reign. He had been stupid enough to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar.

Worse still he, like most people in Jerusalem, did evil and did not listen to God. That's why Nebudchadnezzar was able to destroy Jerusalem (see Jeremiah 52).

The Chaldean king's palace was in Babylon nearly 1,500km (900 miles) from Jerusalem. But his armies marched across the world conquering.

Nebudchadnezzar had been troubling Jerusalem and Judah for years. He had taken king Jehoiachin captive, and many choice men. Ezekiel himself was among them. You'll remember that Ezekiel introduces his book by saying that he was among the captives in the land of the Chaldeans living by the river Chebar (Ezekiel 1:1-3, 11:24-25).

In his visions Ezekiel had already been transported to Jerusalem to behold the abominations taking place even in the holy temple. He has prophesied, in parables, poems, and symbolic acts, the coming seige and destruction of the city.

Now, in chapter 24, comes the awful day when Nebuchadnezzar starts the siege. Ezekiel does not have to wait for news to come from Jerusalem, but God informs him immediately that the siege has begun.

2 Outline of Ezekiel 24

The Parable of the Cooking Pot

Ezekiel’s Hardest Task

God seems to treat Ezekiel very harshly and with no sympathy. But Ezekiel, although devastated, still remained faithful. He knew that God was not going to relent or soften his hand toward Jerusalem now. God was signifying this by Ezekiel, and Ezekiel understood.

3 Outline of Ezekiel 25

Other Nations

Some of the neighbours of Judah became gleeful and proud when they saw the temple destroyed and the Israelites killed or taken captive. Some had wrought harassment and attacks against Judah. These were inappropriate responses to God’s wrath, especially when these nations were also sinful. They too will suffer at the hands of the men of Nebuchadnezzar’s armies.

4 Map for Reference

Map

Map by Ron Graham

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