The Message of Ezekiel: A New Heart and a New Spirit

Overview

Ezekiel comes to us as a stranger from a distant time and land. Who is this priest who, on his thirtieth birthday, has a dazzling vision of God on a wheeled throne? Who is this odd prophet who engages in outlandish street theater and speaks for God on international affairs? Who is this seer who paints murals of apocalyptic doom and then of a restored temple bursting with emblems of paradise? Are we bound to take this literally, reading prophet and newspaper side by side? Or is ...
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Overview

Ezekiel comes to us as a stranger from a distant time and land. Who is this priest who, on his thirtieth birthday, has a dazzling vision of God on a wheeled throne? Who is this odd prophet who engages in outlandish street theater and speaks for God on international affairs? Who is this seer who paints murals of apocalyptic doom and then of a restored temple bursting with emblems of paradise? Are we bound to take this literally, reading prophet and newspaper side by side? Or is there a better way?

Christopher Wright is a proven interpreter and communicator of the Old Testament, and in this commentary he masterfully opens our eyes to see and understand the message of Ezekiel. Ezekiel's vision of the glory of God--its departure and return--is first set within Israel's history and then in the culmination of God's promises in Christ. Embedded in the pattern of the strange, the bizarre and the wonderful is a word that still speaks to God's people today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830824250
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2001
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 718,387
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-1988) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001.

Wright is now the international director of the Langham Partnership International, providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries.

He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained Anglican, he serves on the staff of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, England.

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Table of Contents

General preface
Author's preface
Chief abbreviations
Select bibliographyIntroduction
1. Ezekiel and his times
2. Ezekiel and his mission
3. Ezekiel and his book1. Wheels withing wheels: Ezekiel's call vision (1:1--3:15)
Introduction: Who, when and where? (1:1-3)
1. The vision of God's glory (1:4-28)
2. The reality of God's presence
3. The hardness of God's people (2:1-17; 3:4-7)
4. The mission of God's prophets (2:8--3:3; 3:8-11)
Conclusion: Back home (3:12-15)2. Theatre of the doomed: Ezekiel's first years in ministry (3:16--5:17)
1. The actors (3:16--5:17)
2. The drama (4:1--5:4)
3. The message (5:5-17)
Appendix 1: Notes on Ezekiel 6, 7 and 123. Exit the glory (8:1--11:25)
Introduction
1. The glory of God offended (8:5-18)
2. The glory of God defended (9:1-11)
3. The glory of God suspended (10:1-22; 11:1-23)
Conclusion4. History with attitude (16:1-62; 23:1-49; 20:1-49)
Introduction
1. Jerusalem: My Fair Lady (16:1-63; 23:1-49; 20:1-49)
2. Cinderella and the two ugly sisters (in reverse) (16:44-63; 23:1-49)
3. Israel - the video: rewind and fast-forward (20:1-44)
Conclusion
Appendix 2: Notes on Ezekiel 15, 17 and 195. Who then can be saved? (14:12-23; 18:1-32; 33:10-20)
Introduction
1. Only the righteous will be saved (14:12-23)
2. Only the wicked need die (18: 1-29; 33:1-33)
3. Only repentence makes the difference (18:21-32; 33:10-20)6. The turning-point (24:1-27; 33:1-33)
Introduction
1. The end of the old world (24:1-27)
2. The beginning of a new world (33:1-33)
3. A preview of Ezekiel's new message7. 'Then the nations will know that I am the Lord' (25:1--32:32)
Introduction
1. Against aggression and revenge: Judah's four nearest neighbours (25:1-17)
2. Against economic arrogance: Tyre and Sidon (26:1--28:19)
3. Against imperial delusions: Egypt (29:1--32:32)
4. God and the nations: the message8. The gospel according to Ezekiel (34:1--37:28)
Introduction
1. From tyranny to theocracy (34:1-31)
2. From abandonment to abundance (35:1--36:15)
3. From profanity to purity (36:16-38)
4. From rigor mortis to resurrection (37:1-14)
5. From enmity to unity (37:15-28)9. The glory of God revealed to the world and restored to his people (38:1--48:35)
Introduction
1. The defeat of Gog and the universal acknowledgement of Yaweh (38:1--39:29)
2. The temple vision and the return of God's glory (40:1--48:35)
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