- Created on Saturday, 12 November 2011 11:53
Revelation chapter 18 makes extensive use of the imagery in Ezekiel 27 and 28 that describes the nation and the King of Tyre. In Ezekiel, Tyre sits on the sea and "boasted of your perfect beauty" (Eze. 27:3). In Revelation, Babylon is the city on the sea that boasts, "Here I sit, a queen!" (Rev. 18:7). The King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28 is a description of Satan. Likewise, the force driving the activities of ;Babylon in Revelation is the Dragon.
C.S. Lewis wrote, "The...question is whether I believe in devils. I do...It seems to me to explain a good many facts." In this bible study we considered some of the "good many facts" that are at least partially explained by the demonic.
- Created on Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:53
Ezekiel 20:25 is a verse that jumps off the page as a false statement: “Then I gave them laws that are not good and commands that do not bring life.” How is it possible that God could ever give laws that are “not good” and “commands that do not bring life”?
First, let’s backtrack to the beginning of this chapter to understand the context. Ezekiel writes from captivity in Babylon. It is a discouraging time and the leaders seek to understand God’s will:
“Mortal man,’ he said, ‘speak to these leaders and tell them that the Sovereign LORD is saying: You have come to ask my will, have you? As surely as I am the living God, I will not let you ask me anything. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. ‘Are you ready to pass sentence on them, mortal man? Then do so. Remind them of the disgusting things their ancestors did” (Ezekiel 20:3-4).
- Created on Friday, 07 October 2011 11:53
Ezekiel received one of the strangest visions in the bible. How should we interpret the wheel within a wheel that is covered with eyes? What about the four living creatures with four faces and wings? What about the lightening and blazing torches? Does this describe a heavenly reality or is this symbolic of something? Was there a meaning for the people in Ezekiel's time? Is it relevant for us today? Does this vision contribute something to our picture of God?
- Created on Monday, 05 May 2008 11:53
The book of Ezekiel presents a picture of God and a picture of Satan. Why is it important to understand that there is a great universe-wide controversy specifically over the character of God? Also, the phrase "my holy name" is repeated many times in Ezekiel. What does this mean?