The Scroll that Ezekiel had to eat and then tell his people what was on it.
Ezekiel in Hebrew means: My strengthener is God.
He prophesied from the fifth year of exile for King Jehoiachin, king of Judah about 593BC.
The early biblical scriptures were written on a scroll and only transposed into books about AD1000 e.g. Luke 4:17
Ezekiel was from the tribe of Levi born about 623BC into a priestly family who lived around Jerusalem and the temple.
Ezekiel’s messages where between 593BC-571BC. Temple was destroyed in 586BC.
Ezekiel’s Commission to Prophesy
2:1 “Son of Man,” the LORD said, “get up on your feet. I want to talk to you.” 2Even while he was speaking to me, the Spirit entered me, set me on my feet, and I listened to the voice that had been speaking to me.
3“Son of Man, I’m sending you to that rebellious people, the Israelis, who have rebelled against me the same way their ancestors did. And they’re still rebels to this very day! 4They’re stubborn and strong willed. I’m sending you to them to tell them what the LORD says. 5Whether this rebellious group listens to you or not, at least they’ll realize that a prophet had appeared in their midst!
6“Now as for you, Son of Man, never be afraid of them or of anything they have to say, because being with them will be like settling down to live among briers, thorn bushes, and scorpions! Don’t be afraid of anything they have to say, and don’t be awed by their appearance, since they are a rebellious group. 7You are to tell them whatever I have to say to them, whether they listen or not, since they are rebellious.”
The Vision of the Edible Scroll
8“Son of Man, you are to listen to what I tell you. You are never to be rebellious like they are: a rebellious group. Now, open your mouth and eat what I’m giving you…”1
9 As I watched, all of a sudden there was a hand being stretched out in my direction! And there was a scroll 110 being unrolled right in front of me! Written on both sides were lamentations, mourning, and cries of grief.
Ezekiel’s Commission to Prophesy
3:1 Then he told me, “Son of Man, eat! Eat what you see —this scroll—and then go talk to the house of Israel.” 2So I opened my mouth and he fed me the scroll.
3Then he told me, “Son of Man, fill your stomach and digest this scroll that I’m giving you.” So I ate it, and it was like sweet honey in my mouth.
4Then he told me, “Son of Man, go to the house of Israel and tell them what I have to say to them, 5because you’re not going to a people whose speech you cannot understand or whose language is difficult to speak. Instead, you’re going to the house of Israel. 6This isn’t a large group of people whose speech is unintelligible to you or whose language is difficult for you to comprehend. Frankly, if I had sent you to that kind of people, they would certainly have listened to you! 7But the house of Israel won’t listen to you, since they weren’t willing to listen to me. That’s because the entire house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted. 8So pay attention! I’m going to make you just as obstinate and unyielding as they are. 9I’m making you harder than flint—like diamond! So you are not to fear them or be intimidated by how they look at you, since they’re a rebellious group.”
Ezekiel is Commissioned to Speak
10Next, he told me, “Son of Man, take to heart every word that I’m telling you. Listen carefully, 11then go immediately to the exiles; that is, to your people’s descendants, and tell them, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says…’ whether they listen or not.”
12Then the Spirit lifted me up and I heard a great earthquake behind me and the glory of the LORD arose from his place, 13accompanied by the sound of the wings of the living creatures gently touching each other and with the sound of the wheels emanating from the front, accompanied by a great earthquake.
Ezekiel Addresses the Israelis
14Then the Spirit lifted me up and carried me away. I went bitterly with an angry attitude as the hand of the LORD rested on me. 15I came to the exiles at Tel-abib by the Chebar River and sat down among them for seven days, appalled. 16At the end of the seven days, this message from the LORD came to me: 17“Son of Man,” he said, “I’ve appointed you to be a watchman over the house of Israel. Therefore when you hear a message that comes from me, you are to warn them for me.
18“So when I say to a wicked person, ‘You’re about to die,’ if you don’t warn or instruct that wicked person that his behavior is wicked so he can live, that wicked person will die in his sin, but I’ll hold you responsible for his death. 19If you warn the wicked person, and he doesn’t repent of his wickedness or of his wicked behavior, he’ll die in his sin, but you will have saved your own life.
20“When a righteous man abandons his righteousness to practice unrighteousness, I’ll set a stumbling block before him. He’ll die. If you don’t warn him, he’ll die in his sin and the righteous deeds that he had practiced won’t be remembered, but you’ll be held responsible for his death. 21 If you warn the righteous person, so that he doesn’t commit sin, then he’ll live, since he had been warned. And you will have saved your life.”
Other modules in this unit:
- King Rehoboam the first King of Judah, 1 Kings 11:41-12:24
- King Jeroboam the first King of Israel, 1 kings 11:26-30
- King Asa the 3rd and a Good King of Judah, 1 Kings 15:9-24
- King Nadab the 2nd King of Israel, 1 Kings 15:25-28
- King Ahab becomes the 7th King of Israel, 1 Kings 16:29-22:40
- The Widow of Zarephath received back her dead son back, 1 Kings 17:8-24
- Elijah the prophet on Mount Carmel, 1 Kings 18:1-46
- Queen Jezebel an evil queen, 1 Kings 21:1-29
- Naboth’s family vineyard and King Ahab, 1 Kings 21:1-29
- Naboth’s family Vineyard, 1 Kings 21:1-29
- Micaiah a man of God, prophesies against King Ahab, 1 Kings 22:1-28
- Elisha the prophet who took over from Elijah, 2 Kings 2:1-14
- Elisha’s second of 32 Miracles-Healing of the water, 2 Kings 2:19-22
- The miracle of the Widow’s oil, 2 Kings 4:1-7
- The Shunammite woman had her Son restored back to life, 2 Kings 4:8-37
- Naaman the man healed of Leprosy by Elisha the man of God, 2nd Kings 5:1-27
- Obadiah the prophet of God, Obadiah 1:1-9
- King Amaziah the 9th and a Good King of Judah, 2 Kings 14:1-20 & 2 Chronicles 25:1-28
- Jonah a Prophet of God and the Whale, Jonah 1:1-17 – 4:11
- King Hoshea the last King of Israel was taken to Assyria, 2 Kings 17:1-6
- Israel Exiled As Slaves because of sin, 2 Kings 17:7-23
- Isaiah the Prophet (739BC-680BC) wrote the book Isaiah, 2 Kings 18:1-20-21
- Micah the Prophet, Micah 1:1-7
- King Hezekiah was the 13th King of Judah, 2 Kings 18:1-20:21 & 2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33
- King Hezekiah – sun went back, 2 Kings 20:1-11
- Jeremiah the prophet of God, Jeremiah 1:1-19
- Jeremiah visited the potter’s house, Jeremiah 18:1-17 & 19:15
- Uriah the Prophet, Jeremiah 26:20-23
- Jeremiah used a scribe called Baruch, Jeremiah 36:1-32
- The book of Daniel, 1:1-21
- King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream, Daniel 2:1-49
- The Scroll – one of Ezekiel’s messages, Ezekiel 2:1-10 & 3:1-21
- The Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:1-14
- Jeremiah the Prophet of God is put down a well, Jeremiah 38:1-40:6
- Zedekiah the 20th King of Judah, 2 Chronicles 36:11-21, 2 Kings 24:17-25:30 and Jeremiah 52:1-34
- Jerusalem goes into captivity, 2 Kings 25:1-25
- Judah goes into Slavery to Babylon, 2 Chronicles 36:11-21
- Golden Image made by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Daniel 3:1-12
- Fiery test in the Fiery Furnace, Daniel 3:13-30
- Daniel in the Lions Den, Daniel 6:1-28
- The prophet Zechariah 520BC-488?BC, Zechariah 1:1-13
- Temple rebuilt by Zerubbabel, Haggai 1:1-15 & 2:1-23
- Esther becomes the Queen of Persia, Esther 1:1-9
- Nehemiah rebuilds the walls, Nehemiah 2:1-10
- Ezra, Nehemiah 8:2-18 or Ezra 1:1-13:30
- Malachi a prophet of God, Malachi 1:1-4:6
- 400 Years, The gap between Malachi and Jesus
- Hasmonean Dynasty, This family stayed faithful to God
- A Roman Soldier representing the Roman Empire
- Herod the Great built a temple for the Jews
- Angel Gabriel God’s Messenger, Luke 1:26-38
- The cross a Roman method of killing people, Luke 22:1-24:12
- Jesus – The author and giver of all faith
- The 20 Kings of Judah who ruled between – 931BC-586BC
- The 19 Kings of Israel who ruled between – 931BC-722BC
- Time Line for Divided Kingdom
- Background Information – Prophets and Kings
- Resources – Prophets and Kings
- Next Module – 400 years