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Ezekiel

Believers Church Bible Commentary
Ezekiel

Series: Believers Church Bible Commentary Series
Author: Millard C. Lind
Product Code: 9016
ISBN: 9780836190168
Pages: 416
Binding Information: Paperback
Size: 8.75 x 5.63 inches

Publication Date: 4/5/1996
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Millard C. Lind has taught the book of Ezekiel for thirty years in seminary and in the church. He skillfully opens the prophet's message about God’s presence, covenant, victorious rule, concern for the nations, and cleansing for worship and obedience. The “wheel” and “dry bones” are not just for entertainment. This actor, singer, and instrumentalist is prophesying to a battered people who need the word of the Lord for survival and mission.

God has called Ezekiel to be a sentinel for his people, to warn them of pending danger. They must not look back to unjust Jerusalem nor join a revolt against Babylon. Instead, they are to turn and live by God’s law, even in a foreign land. After judging the nations and Jerusalem, God will restore Israel to a renewed land. The people will be given a new heart and spirit—a resurrection. God will defeat international terror and organize Israel as a new temple community, with the Lord in their midst. Then all will now that God leads world history, not by militarists, but through a people serving as a moral exemplar for the nations.

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Series Foreword . . . 11
Author's Preface . . . 13
Cross-References . . . 16
An International Prophet Redefines History . . . 17

Part 1: Vision of God in a Cosmic War Chariot:
  Ezekiel's Commission, 1:1-3:27

Ezekiel Commissioned for Public Ministry, 1:1-3:15 . . . 25
Ezekiel the Sentinel, 3:16-27 . . . 41

Part 2: The Lord's Victory over Arrogant Jerusalem
  and Juda, 4:1-24:27

Ezekiel's Street Theater: Pantomime and Sermon, 4:1-5:17 . . . 51
You Mountains of Israel, Hear the Word of the Lord, 6:1-14 . . . 62
The Grand Finale: Day of the Lord, 7:1-27 . . . 68
Temple Vision: The Exit of God, 8:1-11:25 . . . 75
Exile Bundle: Pantomiming Against Official Policy, 12:1-20 . . . 91
"What Is This Proverb?" Debate with the People, 12:21-28 . . . 100
"Daubers of Whitewash": Against the Prophets, 13:1-23 . . . 105
The Silent God, 14:1-23 . . . 115
Jerusalem, a Vine in a Forest, 15:1-8 . . . 123
Story as Indictment, 16:1-63 . . . 129
Two Springs, a Vine and Three Gardeners, 17:1-24 . . . 139
Turn and Live! 18:1-32 . . . 148
A Dirge for Jerusalem's Government, 19:1-14 . . . 157
"I Will Be King over You!"20:1-44 . . . 165
The Sword of the Lord, 20:45-21:32 (Hebrew, 21:1-37) . . . 176
The Bloody City, 22:1-31 . . . 186
Cycle of Diplomacy: From Egypt to Egypt, 23:1-49 . . . 193
The Pot Boils and a Woman Dies, 24:1-27 . . . 204

Part 3: The Lord's Victory over Arrogant Nations
  and Empires, 25:1-32:32

Oracles to the Nations: No Private Vengeance! 25:1-17 . . . 215
First Revelation Against Tyre: A Scraped Rock, 26:1-21 . . . 222
Second Revelation Against Tyre: Ship Lost at Sea, 27:1-36 . . . 228
Third and Fourth Revelations Against Tyre, 28:1-26 . . . 234
Seven Revelations Against Egypt: Paper Tiger, 29:1-32:32 . . . 242

The Great Divide: The Lord's Victory: Report of the
  City's Fall, 33:1-33

Not Fate but Choice: Responsibility, 33:1-33 . . . 263

Part 4: The Lord's Victory: A New Community in a
  Renewed Land, 34:1-37:28

The Good Shepherd, 34:1-31 . . . 273
Mountain Versus Mountain, 35:1-36:15 . . . 281
A New People in a Renewed Land, 36:16-38 . . . 288
Can These Bones Live? 37:1-14 . . . 296
Eternal Covenant of Peace, 37:15-28 . . . 302

Part 5: The Lord's Victory: Defeat of Imperialism, Arrogance,
  and Terror, 38:1-39:29

God's End in the Land of the Quiet People, 38:1-39:29 . . . 313

Part 6: The Lord's Victory: Eternal Sanctuary, Place of
  God's Throne, 40:1-48:35

The Temple Tour: Place of God's Throne, 40:1-44:3 . . . 325
Temple Law and the River of Life, 44:4-47:12 . . . 339
Yahweh Shammah: The Lord is There, 47:13-48:35 . . . 353

Outline of Ezekiel . . . 363
Essays . . . 375
Abbreviations . . . 376
Map of the Near East in Ezekiel's Time . . . 385
Charts of Ezekiel's Temple, Gates, and Altar . . . 386-388
Ezekiel's Division of the Land . . . 389
Bibliography . . . 390
Selected Resources . . . 396
Index of Ancient Sources . . . 398
The Author . . . 413


"Clear, concise, critically responsible, and informed by a deeply felt pastoral concern. Lind writes from a free-church perspective and helps to bring alive the prophet's message of judgment and salvation for readers of different backgrounds who are trying to make Christian community a reality in their own lives." —Joseph Blenkinsopp, John A. O'Brien Professor, Biblical Studies, University of Notre Dame


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