Study 24 From the Book of Ezekiel is: Ezekiel 35:1 – 36:15
In this section the prophet declares that the new ear will be better than the past, because of the greater fertility of the land. When he uttered this prophecy, the land of Israel seemed ruined. Edom (Mount Seir) was seeking to obtain possession (35:10; 36:5), and the mountains of Israel lay desolate (36:4). The prophet declares, first a judgment upon Edom (chapter 35), and then a return of Israel to enjoy times of unprecedented prosperity (36:1-15).
- Chapter 35. What are the three sins of Edom, mentioned in verses 5 and 10, for which they will be judged? Notice how frequently the punishment foretold exactly matches the Edomites’ sin, e.g., verses 5 and 9; verse 6; verses 14, 15. How does Ezekiel show that even in their hour of judgment God still identifies himself with His people, Israel?
- Summarize the blessings promised to Israel in 36:8-15. If you interpret the restored land as a picture of our inheritance in Christ, what spiritual blessings are typified in these verses?