Prophecies - pre 587 fall of Jerusalem - chapters 1 – 24
Vision and call 1:1 - 3:21
Introduction 1:1 - 3
Vision 1:4 - 28
Call of God 2:1 - 3:3
Detailed instructions 3:4 - 21
Speak to Israel 3:4 - 11
personal reaction 3:12 - 15
Be a watchman 3:16 – 21
Prophecies and visions of judgement 3:22 - 7:27
Consequences to the prophet 3:22 - 27
Symbolic siege of Jerusalem - chapter 4
Extent of desolation - chapter 5
Idolatry denounced - chapter 6
Punishment for sin - chapter 7
Visions chapters 8 - 11
Abominations in Jerusalem seen - chapter 8
Baal worship 8:1 - 6
Hidden idols 8:7 - 13
Fertility worship 8:14 - 15
Sun worship 8:16 - 18
Vision of complete destruction - chapter 9
Vision of God reappears - chapter 10
Denunciation and hope - chapter 11
Leaders rebuked 11:1 - 12
Pelatiah dies 11:13
Promise of renewal 11:14 - 21
God's spirit is withdrawn 11:22 – 25
Oracles concerning Jerusalem - chapters 12 - 19
Captivity predicted - chapter 12
Princes escape enacted 12:1 - 7
Captivity and distress 12:8 - 20
Popular proverbs 12:21 - 28
False prophets - chapter 13
Elders denounced 14:1 - 11
No hope in present situation 14:12 - 20
Future remnant 14:21 - 23
Useless vine - chapter 15
Story of unfaithful lover - chapter 16
Parable of the two eagles - chapter 17
Discourse on individual responsibility - chapter 18
Parable of the lioness and cubs - chapter 19
Oracles of judgement against - chapters 20 - 24
Review of checkered history 20:1 - 44
Judgement 20:45 - 21:32
Against Judah and Jerusalem 20:45 - 21:7
Song of the consuming sword 21:8 - 17
Prediction of Chaldean attack 21:18 - 27
Ammon to be conquered 21:28 - 32
Catalogue of Jerusalem’s sins - chapter 22
Story of two sisters - chapter 23
Last day's - chapter 24
The city a cauldron 24:1 - 14
Death of the prophets wife 24:15 - 24
Concluding section 24:25 – 27
Foreign nations prophecies - chapters 25 – 32
Immediate neighbors of Israel - chapter 25
1 Ammon 25:1 - 7
2 Moab 25:8 - 11
3 Edomite 25:12 - 14
4 Philistine 25:15 – 17
Tyre 26:1 - 28:24
Destruction foretold 26:1 - 14
Effect on other nations 26:15 - 18
No memory of great city 26:19 - 21
Lament - chapter 27
Overthrow of proud king 28:1 - 10
Lament over tyre 28:11 - 19
Against Sidon 28:20 – 24
Interlude about Israel's restoration 28:25 – 26
Egypt - chapters 29 - 32
Prophecy against Egypt 29:1 - 13
A base kingdom re-established 29:14 - 16
Egypt for Nebuchadnezzar, not tyre 29:17 - 21
Babylon will conquer - chapter 30
Pharaoh warned about Assyria's fate - chapter 31
Final lament for Egypt - chapter 32
Prophesies of restoration and hope
After the fall of Jerusalem post 587 - chapters 33 – 37
A Review of former oracles - chapter 33
Future promise - chapters 34 - 37
Discussion of shepherds: past and future - chapter 34
Oracle against Edom - chapter 35
Explanation of destruction and promise of restoration chapter 36
The valley of dry bones - chapter 37
Gog and Magog - chapters 38 – 39
The temple and city of God - chapters 40 - 48
Measurement for the house - 40:1-42:20
The appearance of the glory of Yahweh - 43:1-12
Regulations for temple and service - 43:13-46:24
Instruction about sacrifices 45:9-46:24
Healing waters 47:1 - 12
Divisions of restored land 47:13 - 48:35
Howie , C. G., & Buttrick, G. A., +Eds., (1981), The Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible, The book of Ezekiel, Abingdon, Nashville, pp. 208 – 209.
Some questions to ask about the text you are reading
What type of text is it?
Where can I find more information about the text?
Who wrote the text?
Who was the intended reader – ie., Who is the writer speaking to [is it an individual or a group of people?
What is the point that the author is making ie., what is the purpose of the text?
How was the text transmitted to others?
When was the text written?
Where was the text written ie., what is the cultural background of the text?
Would their cultural experience or background have helped or hindered their understanding of this text?
Specific question about the text.
Is the statement or text you are reading simply a ‘fact’?
Is it simply written in the first person, for example how is the text being presented to you as you read it?
Is the text informing you of a point of information or simply causing you to stop and think?
Is the text a statement which questions the readers spiritual position?
Is the text part of a larger context and if so what is being said?
Is the text bringing clarity to a previous text?
Is the text a statement by the author which continues from a previous chapter?
Is the text a statement which has relevance today, if so, in what way and can the text be applied within my own cultural understanding?
Would members of non-Christian groups have had access to this text?
Would members of other religious groups (ie., Pharisees / Sadducees or Zealots etc) have had access to this text?
Ask yourself, would any other individuals or grouof individuals have been expected to read or have had opportunity to read this text? Ie., would it have been a private document?
In the light of these questions:
Is your new understanding about this text: for example, about the way this text would have been interpreted by the original reader?
About the way they would have understood the text?
There is a great difference between interpreting a text and that of understanding a text: it is important to note that incorrect interpretation will give an incorrect understanding and a misguided view of scriptural integrity leading to incorrect spiritual lifestyle. Discuss the importance of correct interpretation of text.
Ask yourself how the reader would have reacted to the text?
Put yourself in the position of the original reader, how would you have reacted to the text.
What does the text say to you personally?
Ask yourself, what practical application does this text have in relation to my personal spiritual life, or the life of my church group?
Are there any other questions that you personally could ask about this text and what it is saying?
Ask yourself if questions like this are important to the individual reader and the ministry of the church today?
Billy Bray, a famous Cornish Evangelist speaking of his conversion tells us that he "... shouted for Joy. I Praised God with my whole heart for what he had done for a poor sinner like me; for I could say, The Lord hath pardoned all my sins. I think this was in November, 1823, but what day I do not know. I remember this that everything looked new to me, the people, the fields, the cattle, the trees. I was like a man in a new world... ... they said I was a mad man but they meant I was a glad man, and glory be to God! I have been glad ever since." - Bray, B., (1962), Billy Bray The Kings Son, The Epworth Press, City Road London E.C.1, Pages 19-20
Lee Strobel explains that 'Zechariah 2:10-13 predicts a time when "many nations will be joined with the Lord" and become his people. The New Testament authors certainly believed that Jesus fulfilled this prophecy... ...The inclusiveness of Jesus' ministry, his teachings and the outreach of his church are evidence that salvation comes through faith, not cultural pedigree. Although this concept may have shocked many who adhered to Jewish tradition, it gave hope to people who had never experienced hope.' - Strobel, L., (1984), The Case for Christ Study Bible: Investigating the Evidence for Belief, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, USA., page 1290
Lee Strobel tells us that "...This central message of the bible portrays Jesus and our redemption through his blood. Finally once and for all, he dealt with the issues of our guilt, our loneliness and ore alienation from God. Through his atoning death and ressurection, he opened up heaven for everyone who follows him.' - Strobel, L., (1984), The Case for Christ Study Bible: Investigating the Evidence for Belief, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, USA., page 1464.