600 590 580597Jehoiakim rebels. Jerusalembesieged and rebellioncrushed.597
600 590 58059725 year-old priest Ezekieltaken to Babylon ashostage.597
600 590 580593Ezekiel called by God tobecome prophet.Ezekiel 1-3593
600 590 580593-588Oracles of doom.Ezekiel 4-24593 588
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 ‘Son ofman, how is the wood of a vine different fromthat of a branch from any of the trees in theforest? 3 Is wood ever taken from it to makeanything useful? Do they make pegs from it tohang things on? 4 And after it is thrown on thefire as fuel and the fire burns both ends andchars the middle, is it then useful for anything?5 If it was not useful for anything when it waswhole, how much less can it be made intosomething useful when the fire has burned itand it is charred?
6 ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:as I have given the wood of the vine among thetrees of the forest as fuel for the fire, so will Itreat the people living in Jerusalem. 7 I will setmy face against them. Although they have comeout of the fire, the fire will yet consume them.And when I set my face against them, you willknow that I am the Lord. 8 I will make the landdesolate because they have been unfaithful,declares the Sovereign Lord.’Ezekiel 15
‘“I the Lord have spoken. The time has come forme to act. I will not hold back; I will not havepity, nor will I relent. You will be judgedaccording to your conduct and your actions,declares the Sovereign Lord.”’Ezekiel 24: 14
600 590 580588-587King Zedekiah revolts.Jerusalem besieged and isdestroyed.587
600 590 580585News of Jerusalem’sdestruction reaches EzekielEzekiel 33: 21-22585
21 In the twelfth year of our exile, in the tenthmonth on the fifth day, a man who had escapedfrom Jerusalem came to me and said, ‘The cityhas fallen!’ 22 Now the evening before the manarrived, the hand of the Lord was on me, and heopened my mouth before the man came to me inthe morning. So my mouth was opened and I wasno longer silent.Ezekiel 33: 21-22
600 590 580585-573Oracles of hope.Ezekiel 33-48585
15 See, I set before you today life andprosperity, death and destruction. 16 For Icommand you today to love the Lord yourGod, to walk in obedience to him, and to keephis commands, decrees and laws; then you willlive and increase, and the Lord your God willbless you in the land you are entering topossess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you arenot obedient, and if you are drawn away tobow down to other gods and worshipthem, 18 I declare to you this day that you willcertainly be destroyed. You will not live long inthe land you are crossing the Jordan to enterand possess.Deuteronomy 30: 15-18
24 ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words ofmine and puts them into practice is like a wiseman who built his house on the rock. 25 The raincame down, the streams rose, and the windsblew and beat against that house; yet it did notfall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine anddoes not put them into practice is like a foolishman who built his house on sand. 27 The raincame down, the streams rose, and the windsblew and beat against that house, and it fell witha great crash.’Matthew 7: 24-27