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Ezekiel 11

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Lesson Number 11

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God is opposed to the wicked counsel of the ungodly.
  2. God is preserving a remnant in Israel.
  3. God is reluctant to remove His presence.

Practical Application


Questions

  1. In review, remember that Ezekiel was in ______________ at this time along with many other Jewish captives. Jerusalem had not yet fallen and the ________ in Jerusalem had not yet been destroyed. Here in the vision, Ezekiel is lifted up and brought to the ______ gate of the Temple area in Jerusalem.
  2. Are the 25 men that Ezekiel saw in the vision (v 1) the same 25 men that he saw worshiping the sun in Ezekiel 8:16?
  3. In verse 7 of this chapter, who is being referred to by the phrase, “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat . . . ”?
  4. God assured Ezekiel that a remnant in Israel was being preserved. Was this remnant in Jerusalem?
  5. In verse 23 the “glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.” What is this mountain called today?

Answers

  1. At the time of Ezekiel’s vision, he was in Babylon along with many other Jewish captives. Jerusalem had not yet fallen and the Temple had not yet been destroyed. In his vision, Ezekiel was transported by the Spirit to the east gate of the Temple area.
  2. The 25 men that Ezekiel saw in his vision recorded here in chapter 11 are not the same men that he saw worshiping the sun in Ezekiel 8:16. The 25 men in chapter 8 were priests in “the inner court of the Lord’s house.” The 25 men here in chapter 11 are civil leaders, and they were giving wicked counsel, directly opposed to what God had declared, to the people of Jerusalem (vs 2-4). Their wickedness would meet with God’s judgment (vs 8-12).
  3. “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat . . .” refers to the righteous men of Jerusalem who had spoken the truth and who had been slain by the wicked civil leaders.
  4. The remnant that God declared He would preserve were not the people in Jerusalem. The remnant would be from among those who had been “scattered among the countries.” The inhabitants of Jerusalem were erroneously convinced that God was preserving them and giving them the land. Read verses 14-21.
  5. The mountain spoken of in verse 23 upon which the glory of the Lord stood is called the Mount of Olives. It is located immediately east of the Kidron Valley which is immediately east of the Temple Mount. Today the Mount of Olives affords one of the best views of the “old city” of Jerusalem.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Read and discuss chapters 9-11 in the book of Romans in light of God’s promise of a saved remnant of Jewish people mentioned here in Ezekiel 11: 17-21. Consider how clear the Scripture is regarding the remnant being saved Jews of the future and not saved Gentiles of the Church today.

Challenge

  1. How often does the thought occur to you that God is fully aware of what is going on in your mind? God says here in Ezekiel 11:5, “I know the things that come into your mind.” While we are cleaning up our external behavior to look good to those around us, is God at the same time pleased with our godly thoughts and imaginations?

Key Verses

  • “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19,20

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