Tag Archives: Ezekiel

New Covenant and the Restoration of Zion

The LORD concludes the allegory of Jerusalem with the announcement of a new covenant. Despite his beloved’s infidelities, despite the severity of his judgments, he replights himself to her—definitively, irrevocably, everlastingly. Yea, thus says the LORD GOD: I will deal … Continue reading

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The Three Sisters and Ezekelian Apokatastasis

Ezekiel 16:44-58 This passage in Ezekiel caught me by surprise, and the surprise intensified when I read Robert Jenson’s commentary. I was not expecting an eschatological turn. Suddenly we find ourselves at what might be called a last judgment. Behold, … Continue reading

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The Harlotry of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 16 The LORD commands Ezekiel to speak to Jerusalem a narrative of its history of judgment and salvation under the figure of a waif who becomes his adulterous bride. We might think of the story as a kind of … Continue reading

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Idols and the Return to Mount Carmel

Ezekiel 14:1–11 We recall the LORD’s vehement opposition to all forms of idolatry, expressed in the first two commandments of the Decalogue: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or … Continue reading

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Ezekelian Pentecost and Hearts of Flesh

Finally, after eleven chapters of prophetic judgment and doom, the LORD speaks a word of hope: And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, your brethren, even your brethren, your fellow exiles, the whole house of … Continue reading

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And the Glory Departs

The Ezekelian apocalypse continues. The prophet, I surmise, is standing in the vestibule of the temple. The doors of both the Holy Place (Hekhal) and Holy of Holies (Kodesh Hakodashim) are presumably open, as he has clear line of sight … Continue reading

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Abominations and Abominations … and Idols Too

Ezekiel 8-11: a year after his inaugural vision, the prophet is given a new vision, in three acts: The LORD identifies the idolatrous abominations that have polluted Israel and will compel the withdrawal of the divine glory (chap 8); The … Continue reading

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