Bible Reading Notes – Ezekiel 29-35



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Bible Reading Notes – Ezekiel 29-35



Background. Chapters 29-35 contain a series of prophecies against Judah and its “shepherds”, Egypt (and its allies) and Edom. Sprinkled throughout these prophecies of judgment are promises of hope and restoration. What is God’s motive for both his acts of judgment and his promises of grace? Look for an oft-repeated phrase in these chapters.
Prophecies against the Egyptian Empire (Chapters 29-32). In Ezekiel’s day, Babylon was the great rising power (who will eventually lay siege to Jerusalem and destroy it), but the Egyptian Empire was one power that was left to challenge its dominance. Israel like all the nations in that part of the world lived in deep fear of Babylon’s power. God called Israel to trust Him, but Israel chose instead to entrust themselves to Egypt, its Pharaoh (king) and its gods. These chapters contain prophecies against Egypt, Pharaoh and its gods. Some of the prophecies are spoken word and others are laments (songs like funeral dirges for the fallen empire). What is Pharaoh’s great sin? Who does Pharaoh remind you of? What message does Egypt’s destruction send to Israel and the nations who trusted in Egypt? What does it say about God? About Pharaoh? About Egypt’s gods? Whose interests does King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon serve? Do you think he knew it? How will Egypt be like Assyria (and all the other fallen empires)?
Ezekiel the Watchman of Israel (33:1-20). What was Ezekiel watching for? What was he responsible for? What was the warning he was to give to the people of Israel? How does God feel about the judgment of the wicked? What do you think God wants from us? How does Israel feel about how God will deal with the wicked who repents and the righteous person who falls away? Compare this to the reaction Jesus got when he associated with wicked people. See Luke 19:1-10.
The Fall of Jerusalem (33:21-33). What is Ezekiel’s message to the exiles in Babylon now that Jerusalem had fallen?
The Shepherd and the shepherds of Israel (chapter 34). Who are the shepherds of Israel and how have they failed in their task? Who will be the replacement shepherd? What will he do? Jesus used the image of the “good shepherd” quite frequently in his teaching. How many teachings/sayings of Jesus can you find in chapter 34?
Prophecy against Edom (chapter 35). God gave a promise to Israel’s founder Abraham, “whoever curses you I will curse.” How is God’s promise kept in this chapter?

Bible Reading Notes – Ezekiel 29-35



Background. Chapters 29-35 contain a series of prophecies against Judah and its “shepherds”, Egypt (and its allies) and Edom. Sprinkled throughout these prophecies of judgment are promises of hope and restoration. What is God’s motive for both his acts of judgment and his promises of grace? Look for an oft-repeated phrase in these chapters.
Prophecies against the Egyptian Empire (Chapters 29-32). In Ezekiel’s day, Babylon was the great rising power (who will eventually lay siege to Jerusalem and destroy it), but the Egyptian Empire was one power that was left to challenge its dominance. Israel like all the nations in that part of the world lived in deep fear of Babylon’s power. God called Israel to trust Him, but Israel chose instead to entrust themselves to Egypt, its Pharaoh (king) and its gods. These chapters contain prophecies against Egypt, Pharaoh and its gods. Some of the prophecies are spoken word and others are laments (songs like funeral dirges for the fallen empire). What is Pharaoh’s great sin? Who does Pharaoh remind you of? What message does Egypt’s destruction send to Israel and the nations who trusted in Egypt? What does it say about God? About Pharaoh? About Egypt’s gods? Whose interests does King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon serve? Do you think he knew it? How will Egypt be like Assyria (and all the other fallen empires)?
Ezekiel the Watchman of Israel (33:1-20). What was Ezekiel watching for? What was he responsible for? What was the warning he was to give to the people of Israel? How does God feel about the judgment of the wicked? What do you think God wants from us? How does Israel feel about how God will deal with the wicked who repents and the righteous person who falls away? Compare this to the reaction Jesus got when he associated with wicked people. See Luke 19:1-10.
The Fall of Jerusalem (33:21-33). What is Ezekiel’s message to the exiles in Babylon now that Jerusalem had fallen?
The Shepherd and the shepherds of Israel (chapter 34). Who are the shepherds of Israel and how have they failed in their task? Who will be the replacement shepherd? What will he do? Jesus used the image of the “good shepherd” quite frequently in his teaching. How many teachings/sayings of Jesus can you find in chapter 34?
Prophecy against Edom (chapter 35). God gave a promise to Israel’s founder Abraham, “whoever curses you I will curse.” How is God’s promise kept in this chapter?


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