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17 8 June 2006
With acknowledgements to Chris Wright The Message of Ezekiel, IVP, 2001.
Read Ezekiel chapters 24 and 33
Theme: The Turning Point in Ezekiel’s life in personal and prophetic terms.
The end of the old world
Questions on Ezekiel 24:1-14 the fate of the cooking pot
1. At what verse does the song of the cooking pot stop abruptly?

2. In what ways was the pot a prophetic symbol of the city? Finally, the inhabitants
were cast out or cremated. See verse 14.

Questions on Ezekiel 24:15-27 Ezekiel’s wife dies

3. Heartbreak- compare Ezekiel with Hosea and Jeremiah, and their personal
sufferings with those of Christ. 1 Peter 1:10 and Hebrews 1:1.

4. Read Leviticus 21:7-8 and 13-15. Ezekiel’s wife was probably younger than he
was. How did he cope with his sorrow and understand the sign?

Questions on Ezekiel 33:1-33 the beginning of a new world

a. 33:1-9 the recommissioning of the prophet
What was the responsibility of a watchman? How long did Ezekiel and the exiles have
to wait for the fulfilment of 23:1-2? What was fresh in this commissioning of
Ezekiel? See Ezekiel chapter 3. How long after his original call was Ezekiel’s last
dated ministry? See Ezekiel 40:1. In what senses are we watchmen today?

b. 33:10-20 the responsibility of the hearers

What was the responsibility of the hearers? What is our responsibility today?
Matthew 7:26.

c. 33:21-22 the vindication and liberation of the prophet

How was Ezekiel vindicated and liberated?

d. 33:23-29 the extinction of false hopes

What false hopes were extinguished and why?

e. 33:30-33 the exposure of flattering attention

When and how would the people know that Ezekiel was a true prophet? What should
be their reaction? What is the modern parallel that popular preachers face today?
What is the responsibility of the hearers? James 1:22-25 and Matthew 7:24-27.