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Relationship to Ezekiel. The relationship of Chapters 3b-24 to the rest of Ezekiel is discussed at Ezekiel.
Story. Chapters 3b-24.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapters 3b-24 include:
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- Ezek 20:25. Much depends here on how we interpret the phrase "I gave." Do we imagine here the Lord sending a prophet to them telling them to obey statutes that are not good? Or is this God allowing them to take upon themselves statutes which are not good. The same type of question is raised in the next verse. How do we interpret the phrase "I polluted them in their own gifts." It seems to make more sense to interpret "I gave" as God allowed and "I polluted" as God allowed to be polluted. See also related links below.
- Ezek 20:25. In John Calvin's (1509-1564) view the phrase "I (God) gave them also statutes that were not good" meant that God "suffered them to be miserably subjected to an immense heap of errors." Calvin identifies these "not good statutes" as "superstitions" and "the fictions of men, by which they harass themselves." In this way Calvin sees Ezekial here as saying much the same thing Paul says in Rom 1:24-25.
- See a similar reading by Robert Jamieson (1802-1880)
- John Wesley (1703-1391) also takes much the same view. In relation to "gave" Wesley says "not by enjoining, but by permitting them to make such for themselves"
- Ezek 20:35-37. Veil Experience. Verses 35 through 37 use an interesting symbol when talking about the gathering of Israel. First it is mentioned that God will talk with Israel "face to face" where he will plead with them. After which, he will causes us "to pass under the rod", using the symbol of a shepherd leading the sheep through the entrance of his encampment under his rod. Lastly, Israel is brought into the bond of the convenant, namely the Abrahamic covenant. With all three items put together, Israel has a "face to face" experience, at which they pass into the encampment of God and enter into the covenant.
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Prompts for further study
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- Ezek 20:25. What is this referring to? What statutes were given to Israel that weren't good, whereby they would not live? Where in Israel's history did this happen? Is this making reference to when Samuel called Saul to be king in Israel?
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