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2019 March 30
Ezekiel 5

Pandemonium (1841)
John Martin (1789-1854)
Romanticism Style
Louvre, Paris, France
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting shows, in symbol, what Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular, had become -- a place of demons. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Ezekiel 5, because Jerusalem had done wickedly, the LORD told the inhabitants of the city, through Ezekiel, that he would judge them by the hand of the wicked. They all (except for a tiny fraction which the LORD would preserve) would die by famine, pestilence, and sword. In effect, the demonic forces which they worshipped (Deuteronomy 32:17; Psalms 106:37; 1 Corinthians 10:20) would be unleashed upon them. These are symbolized in the painting above called "Pandemonium" (literally, the "all demon place").
      God tells Ezekiel to shave his head and beard and to divide the hair into three parts. He is then to burn one third, to hack a third into bits, and to burn the last third. He is to put a few hairs in his garment. He is then to take a few of the remaining strands and burn them. These actions symbolize the various fates of the Israelites. Few will remain, and even some of those will perish (1-4).
     This punishment will come because Israel had become like the nations around them and had forsaken God's laws (5-7).
     God will therefore send judgment upon them for their abominations (8-10).
     Because they have defiled his sanctuary, God will consume them with pestilence, famine, sword, and evil beasts (11-17).

     [ Sermons: G I Williamson. William Still. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Ezekiel 5: Ezekiel 1. Ezekiel 2. Ezekiel 3. Ezekiel 4. Ezekiel 5. ]
[1] Leviticus 21:5; Ezekiel 44:20; Isaiah 7:20; Job 1:20; Isaiah 22:12; Jeremiah 7:29.
[2] Leviticus 26:33; Zechariah 13:8-9; Ezekiel 12:14.
[3] 2 Kings 25:22.
[4] 2 Kings 25:25; Jeremiah 41:1 - 45:1; Jeremiah 52:30; Jeremiah 4:4; Jeremiah 48:45.
[5] Deuteronomy 4:6; Ezekiel 16:14.
[6] Ezekiel 16:47; 2 Kings 17:8-20; Psalm 106:20; Romans 1:23-25; Psalm 78:10.
[7] Ezekiel 11:12; Ezekiel 16:47.
[8] Ezekiel 15:7; Ezekiel 21:3; Lamentations 2:5.
[9] Matthew 24:21; Leviticus 26:29; Deuteronomy 28:53; Jeremiah 19:9; 2 Kings 6:28-29; Lamentations 2:20.
[10] Leviticus 26:29; Deuteronomy 28:53-57, 64; 2 Kings 6:29.
[11] Psalm 95:11.
[12] Ezekiel 6:12; Jeremiah 15:2.
[13] Isaiah 12:1; Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 51:3; Isaiah 51:12; Isaiah 52:9; Genesis 27:42; Isaiah 1:24; Ezekiel 31:16; Ezekiel 32:31.
[14] Leviticus 26:31-32; Deuteronomy 28:37; 2 Chronicles 7:20-21; Ezekiel 22:4; Nehemiah 2:17.
[15] Deuteronomy 29:24-28; 1 Kings 9:7.
[16] Leviticus 26:26; Deuteronomy 32:23-24; Ezekiel 4:16.
[17] Leviticus 26:22; Deuteronomy 32:24; Jeremiah 15:3; Ezekiel 14:15, 21; Ezekiel 33:27.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon Dramatized. ISAIAH: Isaiah Dramatized. JEREMIAH: Jeremiah Dramatized. LAMENTATIONS: Lamentations Dramatized. EZEKIEL: Ezekiel Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Ezekiel Detailed Outline

Ezekiel 5

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1. Before the Siege of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 1:1 - Ezekiel 23:49) - 593 - 586 B.C. Babylon

A. The Messenger and Siege Motif (1:1 - 5:17)

4). The Siege (Continued): The Siege to Come is Depicted by Symbols (4:1 - 5:17)

b). Death and Exile for the People (5:1-17)

     1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair. 2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take [this] a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. 3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. 4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

     5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her. 6 And she hath changed [this] my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them. 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you; 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. 9 And I will do in thee [this] -- that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations. 10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and [this] the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds. 11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled [this] my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity. 12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

     13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them. 14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by. 15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it. 16 When I shall send upon them [this] the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send [them] to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread: 17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

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