Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wed 100210 pm Ez 8-10

Ezekiel 8
8.3  image of jealousy... Many expositors believe that this may have been an image
of Asherah because King Manasseh had erected such an idol and then
destroyed it (2 Kings 21:3, 7; 2 Chron. 33:15), and King Josiah had
destroyed a later rebuilt version of it (2 Kings 23:6). The people could
have raised it up again after Josiah's death. Any idol provoked the Lord to
jealousy because He is the only true God (cf. Exod. 20:1-4; Deut. 4:23-
24).  ---Dr. Constable's Notes on Ezekiel
8.14 weeping for Tammuz...  Tammuz was an ancient Sumerian and then Akkadian fertility deity, the husband and brother of Ishtar.176 Since Ezekiel saw this vision in September (v. 1), these women may have been weeping for Tammuz because he was thought to die at the end of the summer but to rise again each spring.  See T. Jacobsen, The Treasures of Darkness, pp. 25-73. Another view is that "Tammuz" denotes a special genre of lament (Block, The Book . . ., pp. 294-96).  ---Dr. Constable's Notes on Ezekiel
Ezekiel 9
9.2  A seventh man dressed in linen also approached with them, and he had a writing kit of the type that scribes used attached to his waist. "This writing kit usually was made from an animal horn. It had a palette with a slot for pens and a hollow place for two kinds of ink, usually black and red. Professional scribes usually carried this kind of equipment." ---Dr. Constable's Notes on Ezekiel
9.9  the Lord does not see...  This is a common thread to our ignorance when we sin.  It is the opposite of the fear of the Lord.
Ezekiel 10
10.5 & 18  the glory of the Lord,,,

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