Thursday, February 25, 2010

Part of the week of 2/24 Ez 21-29

Ezekiel 21
21.26  Things shall not remain as they are.   A day of reckoning is coming.
21. 27  the One to Whom judgement belongs... 

Ezekiel 22
22.4  defiled by the idols...   This seems to allude to the way idolatry rots the soul.
22.6 bent on shedding blood...
22.7  Father and mother are treated with contempt...  I have to wonder if there is not some significance to this being toward the top of the list.

sojourner suffers extortion...
fatherless and widows are scorned...

22.8  despised My holy things...
profaned my Sabbaths...
22.9  men in you who slander to shed blood...  I find the position of this one between the others that have more to do with the first and second commands interesting. I wish I knew how much significance there is to the order of this list.
people in you who eat on the mountain...

commit lewdness in your midst...
22.10  men uncover father's nakedness... 
violate women who are unclean in their menstral impurity...
22.11  abomination with his neighbor's wife...
defiles his daughter-in-law...
violates his sister, his father's daughter.   There are three different terms used for fornication: violate, abomination, & defiles.  Hmmmm..

22.11  take bribes to shed blood...
Me you have forgotten...
22.30  the "stand in the gap" verse

Ezekiel 23
23.4  Oholah  o-ho'-la ('oholah; the King James Version Aholah):
The exact meaning is a matter of dispute. As written, it seems to mean a tent-woman, or the woman living in a tent. With a mappik in the last consonant it could mean "her tent." The term is used symbolically by Ezekiel to designate Samaria or the kingdom of Israel (Ezekiel 23:4,5,36,44).
---Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'OHOLAH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". . 1915.
23.11 Oholibah  o-hol'-i-ba, o-ho'-li-ba ('oholibhah, "tent in her," or "my tent is in her"):
An opprobrious and symbolical name given by Ezekiel to Jerusalem, representing the kingdom of Judah, because of her intrigues and base alliances with Egypt, Assyria and Babylonia, just as the name OHOLAH (which see) was given to Samaria or the Northern Kingdom, because of her alliances with Egypt and Assyria. There is a play upon the words in the Hebrew which cannot be reproduced in English Both Oholah and Oholibah, or Samaria and Jerusalem, are the daughters of one mother, and wives of Yahweh, and both are guilty of religious and political alliance with heathen nations. Idolatry is constantly compared by the Hebrew prophets to marital unfaithfulness or adultery.
---W. W. Davies; Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'OHOLIBAH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". . 1915.  
23.30 played the whore ... defiled yourself...  another of the frequent reminders of the affect sin has on the person sinning.
23.35  God's punishment of us is often in the form of leaving us to our own desires and their natural consequences.
Ezekiel 24
24.13  I would have cleansed you...  A tragic missed opportunity.
Ezekiel 25
25.3  I am against you...  A sobering pronouncement.
25.17  then they will know...  How sad that we often "don't get it" during God's goodness, but have to wait for His fury to figure it out.
Ezekiel 26
26.13  Nothing left to sing about.
Ezekiel 27
27.10  Persian, Lud, & Put--men of war
27.11  Arvad & Helech--defended the walls
27.12 Tarshish--silver, iron, and lead
27.13  Javan, Tubal, and Meshech--humans and bronze
27.14  Bethtogarmah--horses & mules
27.15  Dedan--ivory tusks & ebony
27.16  Syria--emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral & ruby
27.17  Judah--wheat, meal, honey, oil, & balm
27.18  Damascus--wine & wool
27.19 Uzal--iron, cassia, & clamus
27.20  Dean--saddlecloths
27.21 Arabia, Kedar--lambs, rams & goats
27.22  Sheba & Raamah--spices, precious stones, & gold
27.23  Haran, Canneh, Eden, Sheba, Asshur, & Chilmad--blue clothes, embroidered work, carpets
27.25  Tarshish--ships to travel
Quite a trade enterprize!
Ezekiel 28
28.13 In Eden...
28.14  guardian cherub...
28.15  blameless until...
These descriptions are reasons to understand 12-19 as referring to Satan
Ezekiel 29
29.16  it shall never again be the reliance of the house of Israel...  I am thinking about how this plays out in current Middle East politics.