The Prophets Jeremiah & Ezekiel

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God inspired the prophets to tell the people what they needed to know and do in order to follow His will. God inspires the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel to reveal to the Israelites why they will become captives to Babylon, His anger against false prophets, and the restoration of Israel.
In chapter 25 of Jeremiah, Jeremiah is inspired to go out to the people of Judah. The prophets had told the people of Judah earlier, “Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways… and you can stay in the land… Do not worship other gods…”(Jeremiah 25:5-6) He tells them “Because you have not listened to my words, I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon… and I will bring him against this land…”(Jeremiah 25:9) Jeremiah makes it clear why the Israelites will go into exile; because they didn’t follow his commandments. Later Jeremiah states in the very same chapter how long the captivity will last.
Ezekiel too mentions idolatry as the reason for Israel’s captivity. In chapter eight he sees numerous examples of idolatry and the sin of Israel. The Lord commands Ezekiel to “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here” (Ezekiel 8:9). He sees idols and detestable animals. He sees a woman morning for the Tammuz, which is the Babylonian fertility god (Ezekiel 12:31). Ezekiel also sees “twenty-five men… with their backs toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east”(Ezekiel 8:16). God tells him, “I will deal with them in anger, and I will not look on them with pity or spare them”(Ezekiel 8:18). Ezekiel symbolizes the Babylonian exile by exiling himself from Israel, he is instructed to “dig through the wall and take your belongings out through it”(Ezekiel 12:5) Ezekiel is instructed to tell whoever asks him “As I have done so is will be done to them. They will go into exile… the prince among them will put his things on his should at dusk and leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go through…”(Ezekiel 12:11-12) In chapter 23 God uses two sisters, Aholah and Aholibah who symbolize Israel and Judah. They both offered themselves up to prostitution. God says to them, “I will stir up your lovers against you… I will bring them against you from every side… the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, the men of Pekod and the Shoa and Koa, and all...

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...iel 37:5-6) God will bring back Israel to it’s home and they will settle back to their land. In the next half of the chapter God speaks of how the Israelites will come back to their home. He continues to say, “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd… David my servant will be their prince forever”(Ezekiel 37:24-25). It must be understood that when referring to David he isn’t speaking of the former king of Israel, but he is speaking of the Messiah who is to be a descendant of David.
In conclusion God used Jeremiah and Ezekiel to witness to the Israelites what was going to happen. Even though the message wasn’t always pleasing to the ears or may have been such an incredibly unusual act people had to stop and stare, but all and all they both served God and followed his will.

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