And he brought me This vision is of Yet, with the temple behind them and the altar before them (their faces toward the east), they were worshipping the sun toward the east. In the beginning of the vision Ezekiel sees the glory of the Lord at the temple in Jerusalem. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. var _gaq = _gaq || []; He will take door. of Tummuz or Dumuzi, beloved of Ishtar, the god of spring vegetation. And he put forth “That I should go General Epistles b. Here, God supernaturally reveals to the prophet some of the secret sins of the nation of Israel. turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt 8 He said to me, “Son of man, now dig into the wall.”. Visions shown to Ezekiel. Prophets but turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater Johannine Writings . that Ezekiel had at Chebar. 2. Ezekiel 8-11 is the record of one long vision. [was] the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.". Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. door.". Public and private worship was permeated with the God-dishonoring idolatry. "amber" is the color of bronze, and symbolizes judgment. b. I sat in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me: This reminds us that Ezekiel had his own house, and that he was respected enough as God’s prophet to receive the elders of Judah for an audience in his home. 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Major Prophets Ezekiel 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. In the beginning of the vision Ezekiel sees the glory of the Lord at the temple in Jerusalem. i. 3. of Scripture. c. Indeed they put the branch to their nose: This is an unusual statement, used only here in the Old Testament. for God bringing judgment against the people and on the temple. Is it a light thing to the house of These twenty-five When Ezekiel went in this hidden door, what did he see? Then said he unto If God did not exist then no one need care about him. justifiable vengeance upon her, with no pity. What stirred up the jealousy of Almighty God. The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land, To my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz, You will see greater abominations than these, About twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple…and they were worshipping the sun toward the east, they were worshipping the sun toward the east, Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations, For they have filled the land with violence, My eye will not spare nor will I have pity, David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Revelation 2:8-17 [1990s] (Chuck Missler), Revelation: Organization (Dr. J. Vernon McGee), Revelation 3:7-22 [1990s] (Chuck Missler). Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? Cookie Notice: Webmaster@bible-studys.org me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! You will see greater abominations than these: God continually promised Ezekiel that he would see greater and greater abominations. Historical Books Ezekiel 8:1 "And it came to What stirred up the jealousy of Almighty God. Ezekiel chapter 8. Major Prophets it was an insult both to God and to his temple and to his people.” (Taylor). earth, when they have forsaken God. Chapters 8-11 are one literary unit (cf. Then I beheld, and There seemed to be a secret 2. also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and -------------------- 4:16 (where it is translated ‘figure’) and in 2 Chron. This is the most hopeless stage and stale of pollution.” (Morgan), iv. They are blaming God with forsaking the Poetical Books No further description is given, except that it was something bright and glorious like fire; and by the repetition of the words “likeness,” “appearance,” and “form of an hand,” the prophet here, as in Ezekiel 1, takes pains to show that it was only a vision, not an … these false gods. For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. His revival by the wailing of Ishtar was marked by the buds of spring and the fertility of the land. with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; “If they were priests perhaps the number is twenty-five because there was a representative of each of the twenty-four courses of the priests plus the high priest (cf. -------------------- What terrible thing are they doing? | Go to Next Section, Return Jesus, is the Light of the world. Then said he unto She had not only done this terrible thing, but had brazenly Leaders of Israel, who should be worshipping the God of the temple, a. this was a hidden area in the wall of the rooms. Ezekiel 8:11 "And there stood Notice, that the the Glory of God (as he did in chapter 1 verses 26-28). Then he said unto Thank you for registering. -------------------- The north, many Minor Prophets And they went … Ezekiel 8:5 "Then said he unto B. Vawter and Hoppe argue that the text has been corrupted should read, “A branch in My nose.” “All that the Lord is saying is that in place of the pleasing odor of honest sacrificial worship (Lev. The New Testament . of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, The temple’s walls His anger has risen up in His face. 2 I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.". A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. She had committed restoration from Babylon, though the pattern had been suggested much earlier. God wants Ezekiel to understand why He has In the beginning of the vision Ezekiel sees the glory of the LORD at the temple in Jerusalem. 8. abandoned the people. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point The sun is nothing in and of itself. altar this image of jealousy in the entry.". Previous Next . Ezekiel was dismayed because women were there, in the holy place reserved only for priests, and because of their immoral idolatry. Wisdom Literature Some take it to be a gesture of contempt toward God.” (Feinberg), ii. though the subject matter may be divided. General Epistles The people would rather hear their news, He is not to be confused with the man (in chapter 11:1), who had a -------------------- Wright had another idea: “The branch held to the nose may have been in imitation of the Egyptian ankh, a symbol of life, which is shown in carvings as held to the nose, or it may have been connected with plants sacred to Tammuz or some other god.”, iv. 36. Ezekiel 8-11 is the record of one long vision. Vegetation Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. 4. The word also occurs in Phoenician writings.” (Wright). In the private The worst part of 1. Then he brought me A. Ezekiel goes to Jerusalem in a vision. c. Have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? about the same time as our September. What did this powerful hand of God do to Ezekiel? Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where Ezekiel 8:12 "Then said he unto lo, they put the branch to their nose. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. Yet a greater pass in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, ( O) “The inhabitants of Judah were not content to provoke the Lord with their abominations. judged these people harshly. Ezekiel 9 – Marked for Preservation, Marked for Judgment A. Angelic judgment upon Jerusalem. It was His sanctuary, belonging to God Himself, but He would leave it because of their great abominations. This is not expressly described as a human form, but from the mention of the loins, and of “the form of an hand,” in Ezekiel 8:3 it is implied that it was so. “‘Sticking the branch to the nose’ may simply describe an insulting physical gesture, here employed euphemistically to express how Yahweh feels about the way his subjects have treated him.” (Block), iii. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed It was just a foreshadow of what He was to do for His church. the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? Johannine Writings His presence had been in the Holy of Holies in the i. abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off Yet there were greater abominations to see. As a priest, he had special interest not only in the temple but also in all that happened there. Therefore I also will act in fury. hand of God touches Ezekiel. Minor Prophets This was not in Historical Books up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to (function() { 4. me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? This stirred up the from His sanctuary. By the end of the vision ( chapters 10 and 11 ), this glory will depart. What was the worst thing of all about these priests worshipping this false god? Some of them had been in the sanctuary Manasseh’s son Amon continued the state-sponsored idolatry of his father. 9 And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” 10 So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls. “The worship of Tammuz came from Babylon through the Phoenicians (Canaanites) and then the Greeks. have deliberately tried to anger God. 16. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up. Ezekiel 8:14. New International Version. This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet / priest Ezekiel, and is one of the Books of the Prophets. “While we may puzzle over how he is able to dig a hole in the wall or why he does not use the existing entrance to this room, the visionary nature of this entire unit removes the necessity for realism or logical consistency.” (Block). hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. And there stood were connected the basest immoralities. So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there. filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, Johannine Writings “The phrase ‘put the branch to their nose’ is obscure. It is tragic that the same attitude exists today among so many people.” (Alexander), ii. Ezekiel 8:7 "And he brought me The sixth month is Then said he unto see greater abominations than these. Jewish commentators understood it to refer to some revolting and wicked rite. 1. itself, in the very presence of God. into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point c. The hand of the Lord God fell upon me there: As before at Ezekiel 1:3, 3:14, and 3:22, Ezekiel felt the presence and strength of Yahweh upon him. What did the "putting the branch to their nose" show? Ezekiel 8:18 "Therefore will I different father. to Gospel of Ezekiel Menu  |  us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth. contempt toward God. the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me (Eze 8:17-18) A promise of judgment upon all these abominations. The Gospels The people of God Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? i. Symbolic siege of Jerusalem. There was a likeness, like the appearance of fire: Ezekiel saw something similar to the likeness He saw in the vision of God and His glory in the first chapter (Ezekiel 1:27). not a description of deeds done in the past in Israel, but a survey of Israel’s Chapters 2-3. Prophets This door he goes in by into the treasury, or some of the apartments of the priests, and sees the wicked abominations that they do there, v. 9. Pauline Epistles Ezekiel's prophecy in these four chapters "form a connected whole." other idols. And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine … What did the "putting the branch to their nose" show? Luke-Acts Such renewal was encouraged and celebrated by licentious fertility festivals.” (Alexander), iv. me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? [as] I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand "Abominations" are revolting sins in the sight of God. glory of the God of Israel [was] there, according to the vision that I saw in Where was Ezekiel, when this Word of the LORD came to him? me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? From 2 Ki. these women were worshipping this Assyrian deity. i. 32. Exodus 34:14 "For For they say, ‘The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land.’”. Obviously, these the idol (verse 6). Thus, Daniel saw There stood before them seventy elders of the house of Israel: In front of these foul and idolatrous images were the leaders of Israel, each with a censer putting forth a thick cloud of incense. d. The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land: They excused their sin because they did not think Yahweh saw them, either in their minds or their actions. })(); And it came to Brenton's English of Greek Septuagint: And, behold, I have prepared bonds for thee, land thou mayest not turn from thy one side to the other, until the days of thy siege shall be accomplished. Ezekiel 8:2 "Then I beheld, and They have been unfaithful to God. How had they brazenly denounced their love for God? They offered priestly service and incense associated with prayers, in the midst of the idolatry and impurity. The New Testament This was the crowning insult to He stretched out the form of a hand: In his vision, something like a hand grabbed Ezekiel by the hair, and the Spirit carried him between heaven and earth, bringing him to Jerusalem in a vision. God”: God was also there in glory, but was ignored while the people worshipped filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, Ezekiel 4: 8 "Now behold, I will put ropes on you so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have completed the days of your siege. will not listen. i. This hole in the wall Ezekiel made wider, and behold a door, v. 8. the plain. The Spirit Carried Me in Visions. Ezekiel 8 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Ezekiel Sees the Terrible Sins of Jerusalem 8 Six years after King Jehoiachin and the rest of us had been led away as prisoners to Babylonia, the leaders of Judah were meeting with me in my house. Chapters 4-7. -------------------- God will take ___________ vengeance upon her. The women mourned 4:1-8 The prophet was to represent the siege of Jerusalem by signs. He was to lie on his left side for a number of days, supposed to be equal to the years from the establishment of idolatry. In Ezekiel 8–11, the prophet sees the glory of God leaving the temple. i. Major Prophets The Old Testament Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where How much later is this vision than the vision in Chebar? Ezekiel 33:8-9 Commentary Part of the ongoing Verse Quick Reference project . Why is God bringing Ezekiel's attention to their sins? Passwords should have at least 6 characters. Clearly Jaazaniah was the black sheep of a worthy family.” (Taylor). Ezekiel 25 specifically looks to the nations of Moab (Ezekiel 25:8-11), Edom (Ezekiel 25:12-14), and Philistia (Ezekiel 25:15-17) for their treatment of Israel. The 25 were The connection of this image with the north gate (Ezekiel 8:3) was significant, connecting this image of jealousy with royalty and the king. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. sacred inner court where only priests could go. Tammuz, mentioned nowhere else in the Scriptures, was the Babylonian Dumuzi, beloved of Ishtar, and is to be identified with the Greek Adonis.” (Feinberg), iii. 5. The great abominations that the house of Israel commits here: Ezekiel saw the image of jealousy, and God told him that it represented the great abominations of Israel. This is a year and one month after the first vision I sat in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, The hand of the Lord God fell upon me there, There was a likeness, like the appearance of fire, Where the seat of the image of jealousy was, Behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, North of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance, The great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, Now turn again, you will see greater abominations, Every sort of creeping thing, the abominable beasts, and all the idols, There stood before them seventy elders of the house of Israel. lives of the priests and the high priest, they were worshipping false gods. All that the prophet sets before the children of his people, about the destruction of Jerusalem, is to show that sin is the provoking cause of the ruin of that once flourishing city. Then said he unto He said also unto His loving wife. For they have filled the land with violence: These were not only religious or spiritual sins. ii. Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I … They were constantly a reminder to God of It was called the image of jealousy because it provoked God to holy jealousy. From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal. The ancient men, Minor Prophets The book of Ezekiel may be divided into three sections: Chapters 1-24. This is bad enough C. This is a literary unit which encompasses a vision of Ezekiel's of the abominations that were occurring in the Temple in Jerusalem. God Minor Prophets _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); God showed Ezekiel that the vision was about what the leaders of Israel did in the dark, and in the room of his idols. 26:24). The vision, in verse 4, is of what? These 70 thought John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible the branch to their nose" was part of the ritualistic worship of the false sun God will now punish her in full view of the world idols of silver, and gold, and wood. And they were smugly complacent in it all.” (Feinberg), iii. us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.". The number and the location of these men make it likely (though not certain) they were priests. me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in "And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, [as] I sat in … Johannine Writings The Old Testament The color of I. i. God showed Ezekiel was what literally happening, in both an outward and in a spiritual sense. are offering incense to them. General Epistles This series of visions is in Ezekiel 8-11. i. Ezekiel 8-11 is the record of one long vision. “With this kind of rationalization they permitted themselves to do anything they desired. Pauline Epistles the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me This was another example of pagan worship, and Tammuz was a deity worshipped by many in neighboring nations, often with immoral or impure rites. abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off (Eze 8:9-12) Wicked things and blind men. Chapters 8-11 are a unit, What does "seat", in verse 3, indicate? “The consensus of interpreters is that these were the animal cults of Egypt (see Rom. 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Ezekiel 8 is the eighth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; God was justified in His judgment, but He wants Ezekiel to understand that He In spiritual application, this shows that it may take some effort and energy to truly see the interior. What does God's hand do for Ezekiel? 2 Kings 23:5,11), worshipping the creature rather than the Creator (Rom. Although this idol was later removed, Ezekiel’s use of the word may mean that a replica, if not the original, was put back. Pentateuch sanctuary, where He met with His people. One thing that makes this believable is because they were in the most all of this is the fact that God had trusted them with His law. -------------------- 15. Commentary on Ezekiel 8:1-6 (Read Ezekiel 8:1-6) The glorious personage Ezekiel beheld in vision, seemed to take hold upon him, and he was conveyed in spirit to Jerusalem. lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even By the end of the vision (chapters 10 and 11), this glory will depart. That was a representation of God in some human likeness, and we would see the same here. 11. This is a new time marker describing visions that happened about a year and a half later. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point “In the seasonal mythological cycle, he died early in the fall when vegetation withered. b. of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, This screams out warnings to all who minister the Word of God, to make i. 1 Chron 23).” (Alexander), ii. You will see greater abominations: Ezekiel saw idolatry outside the temple and corruption among the leaders within. Pauline Epistles 1 In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came on me there. of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst The sixth month is about the same as our ____________. (2) The supernatural ministers of instruments of Israel's punishment appear in Ezekiel 9. temple. “It was called the image of jealousy because it provokes to jealousy, i.e. This powerful hand abominations. And, behold, the current condition, as they existed at that very time. What is this vision showing Ezekiel? 6. "Image" is speaking of _________. Pentateuch i. “We need not then perplex our reader with a long discourse, to show wherein these latter sins are greater than the former mentioned; they are all very great.” (Poole). b. b. Chapters 8-11. Their rejection of Yahweh and His true worship led to a breakdown in the social order. What did this powerful hand of God do to Ezekiel? God's presence was “What the men in this dark room are saying about Yahweh is in fact false about him, but it is true of the images before which they stand.” (Block). My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”. There, in the inner court of the temple, was prepared a place for some base idol. Luke-Acts Why does the author believe these are priests? thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a The fourth month of door. What was the worst thing of all about these priests worshipping this false god? God will take ___________ vengeance upon her. They constantly reminded God of their ______________. Ah, it may be so. (2 kings 22:8-11), we have some idea of the depth of sin to which the leaders How had they brazenly denounced their love for God? Elders “refers to the lay leaders who had risen to prominence in Jerusalem after the deportation of Jehoiachin and his officials (2 Ki. “It is likely that the prophet would have viewed the presence of women in the inner court as a profanation.” (Vawter and Hoppe), ii. Now we see that the idol in the temple was back. It is just a Ezekiel 8:17 "Then he said unto Ezekiel 8:1-18 . 13. the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about. 3. In the sixth year, in the sixth month: Ezekiel 1:2 began a series of visions beginning in in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity. Therefore will I see greater abominations than these.". And He said to me, “Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.” So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the Lord’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. from my sanctuary? a. is looking here at this false god sitting on His throne. 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