Talks for Growing Christians
Ezekiel’s Prophetic Sermon - part 2
Lesson Number 7
- There is an end to God’s patience with sinful peopl
- There is a day when God will judge sinful people.
- What is the real value of your silver and gold?
- Ezekiel had been taken into captivity in 597 BC and prophesied from Babylon. Jeremiah lived and prophesied in Jerusalem during this same time. The king referred to in the last verse of chapter 7 is ______________, who was taken into captivity along with Ezekiel.
- Who is the prince referred to in verse 27? Who was it that put him in his position as the puppet king of Judah?
- The word “end” mentioned in verses 2, 3, and 6 refers to the end of what?
- The “day” mentioned in verse 12 refers to what date or event?
- Who are the “survivors” whose actions are described in verses 16, 17 and 18?
- The king who was taken into captivity along with Ezekiel and mentioned in the last verse of chapter 7 is Jehoiachin. He was the king who would mourn when Jerusalem and the Temple was destroyed in 586 BC.
- The prince referred to in verse 27 is Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. He ruled from 597 BC to 586 BC. He was the puppet king of Judah, installed by the Babylonians when Jehoiachin was taken into captivity.
- The “end” mentioned in verses 2, 3, and 6 refers to the “end” of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah, because the period of God’s patience was over and His wrath would be poured out against Israel’s abominations. God would use the Babylonians as His rod of correction and punishment.
- The “day” mentioned in verse 12 is the day when the Lord would allow the Babylonian army to sweep in and conquer Jerusalem and destroy the Temple in 586 BC. In this day God would allow the pagan Babylonians to enter the Temple, God’s secret place, and desecrate it because Israel had already desecrated it with their idolatry (vs 20-24).
- The “survivors” mentioned in verse 16 refer to the godly remnant. They not only mourn the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, but they repent. They realize that it is because of their iniquity that God has allowed this to happen.
- “The day” of Ezekiel certainly looks forward to a day in the future when God will judge this sinful world. Read Isaiah 61:2 and Revelation 6:17 in this connection. Discuss the details of the “day of vengeance” in the Isaiah passage, the “day of God’s wrath” in the Revelation passage and the coming Tribulation. Are there signs that the “day of judgment” may not be too far off?
- As we experience personal, local and world-wide financial turmoil in these days, what an opportune time to become fully aware of the very transient value of money, investments and material possessions in the world system. Give eternal value to your financial possessions by offering them and using them for the Lord’s work in this world!
- “I will do to them according to their way, and according to what they deserve I will judge them; then they shall know that I am the Lord!” Ezekiel 7:27b
- “Those who survive will escape and be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, each for their iniquity.” Ezekiel 7:16