Saturday, April 26, 2014

10. Ezekiel was among the 2nd Exile

Place:  Chebar River, River of Babylon
Time:  597 BC 

Ezekiel 1:1, "In the 30th year, in the fourth month, on the 5th day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month (it was the 5th year of the exile of King Jehoiachin),  the word of the Yahweh came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the Lord was upon him there.

Ezekiel  was among the exiles with King Jehoiachin.   Jehoiachin was carried off  to Babylon in 597 BC.  (2King 24:15)

The word of Yahweh came to Ezekiel in the 5th year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, which is 592 BC.  Ezekiel 1:1 tells us that Ezekiel was 30 years old when he began his prophetic ministry when the word of Yahweh came upon him.  So Ezekiel was 25 years old in 597 BC.

Please take note that Ezekiel was at Chebar River when he saw the vision.  Chebar River is mentioned 8 times in the book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel often comes to this Chebar River of Babylon because the exiles lived there.  "And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling by the Chebar River, and I sat where they were dwelling."

Tel-abib was located about 75 miles southeast of Babylon near the ancient city of Nippur.


Take out your timeline graph and let's fill in the following 2 points:

1.  Ezekiel
2.  Ezekiels' age - 25

As we study Daniel, we also need to study the Book of Ezekiel alongside.
  • Ezekiel was a contemporary prophet of  Daniel.   
  • He was a little bit older than Daniel.  
  • In Jerusalem, he sat under the prophetic ministry of Jeremiah for 25 years.  
  • At the peak of his youth, he was exiled to Babylon along with 10,000 Israelites.  
  • 5 years later, he started his prophetic ministry when he turned 30 in Babylon.
  • From the graph, you can see that Ezekiel's ministry lasted for about 22 years, shorter than Daniel.


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