Message of Ezekiel A New Heart and a New Spirit

ISBN-10: 0830824251
ISBN-13: 9780830824250
Edition: 2001
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 9/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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.

Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. He also serves as chair of the Lausanne Movement's Theology Working Group and chair of the Theological Resource Panel of TEAR Fund, a leading Christian relief and development charity. He has written several books, including Living as the People of God (An Eye for an Eye in the US), God's People in God's Land, Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Walking in the Ways of the Lord, Deuteronomy in the New International Biblical Commentary, The Message of Ezekiel in the Bible Speaks Today series, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, and The God I Don't Understand. Chris and his wife, Liz, have four adult children and six grandchildren.

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

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