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Author: Ron Graham

Ezekiel

Ezekiel Chapters 33, 34, 35, and 36
—Outline and Notes

1 Context Overview

Chapters 33,34,35 and 36 of Ezekiel are outlined and analysed. These messages from God contain the certain hope of restoration after the fall. God is fair, and his word is true. The restoration is not for the sake of the Israelites who defiled their inheritance. God acts for the sake of his reputation. He will restore his name among the nations.

For much of their history the Israelites practised idolatry and all the immorality and wickedness that went with it. They "played the harlot" as God put it. They were unfaithful to the LORD. Even when they worshiped him their hearts were far from him.

God finally gave the Israelites over to punishment at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the mighty king of Babylon and Chaldea. He was helped by others including the Edomites. But the Edomites acted from hatred and greed hoping to gain from Israel”s fall. God punished them with the same desolation.

2 Outline of Ezekiel 33

Ezekiel Watchman for Israel

The Watchman’s Message

The Fugitive Arrives: "The city has been taken!"

12th YEAR (Ezekiel 33:21).

3 Outline of Ezekiel 34

Failure of the Shepherds of Israel

God Will be the Shepherd

NOTE: God will be the Shepherd in the person of Jesus Christ who claimed to be the Good Shepherd. He is called "David" because he sits on David s throne and is David s antitype (Psalm 23:1–6, John 10:1–21, Acts 2:29-36).

A New Peace

4 Outline of Ezekiel 35

NOTE: This chapter is an oracle against Mt Seir, a range of hills in the land of the Edomites who were descended from Abraham through Esau. We read in Genesis, "So Esau settled in the hill country of Seir. Esau is Edom" (Genesis 36:8).

An Oracle Against Mount Seir

5 Outline of Ezekiel 36

A Blessing on Israel

A New Heart and a New Spirit

6 Responsibility of Shepherds and Preachers

What God required of the shepherds of Israel, he requires of those who shepherd the church today. He also required these things of Ezekiel, and preachers today have the same responsibilities. Paul describes these requirements as follows:

  • (1) Feed the flock with the whole counsel of God;
  • (2) Be watchers over the flock and guard the sheep from the "wolves".
  • (3) Be committed to the word of God’s grace, and warn the flock to share your commitment.
  • Acts 20:25-32 BSB
    Paul to the shepherds of the church at Ephesus

    ¶“25Now I know that none of you among whom I have preached the kingdom will see my face again. 26Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27For I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole will of God” (Acts 20:25-27 BSB).

    ¶“28Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30Even from your own number, men will rise up and distort the truth to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:28-30 BSB).

    ¶“31Therefore be alert and remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. 32And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified” (Acts 20:31-32 BSB).

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