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(Through The Bible) – Ezekiel: Zac Poonen (Transcript)

Full text of Zac Poonen’s teaching on ‘Ezekiel’ which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.

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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher

Today we turn to Ezekiel.

Ezekiel was a man who was deeply influenced by Jeremiah, at least for twenty-five years. He was in Babylon. You know, God had told His people, you have to be punished, accept this judgment I’m sending upon you, submit to the king of Babylon and go. He tried for more than forty years, as we saw through Jeremiah, to save them from going to Babylon. But they would not listen.

Finally, He said, well, now the best thing for you is to accept the chastening. See, God does not want to chasten us. Jesus never had to be chastened. Paul would never have needed a thorn in the flesh unless he was in danger of spiritual pride. Chastening is when He sees that we are going astray or have gone astray. And when that happens, the best thing to do is to submit to the chastening.

So He told the people, if you go to Babylon, I’ll bless you. Accept the chastening for seventy years, accept the discipline. And a lot of people went. Some were forced to go. But there, God gave them prophets: Ezekiel and Daniel. See, that’s a great encouragement.

The prophets were not only when they were in Judah. That there in that distant land, God loved them, sent them prophets. Even in a time of discipline and backsliding, God still sends His prophets to speak to us. He does not forsake us.

And in verse 1, we read of Ezekiel, we read in verse 3 that he was the son of a priest, and he was training to be a priest. But in the thirtieth year, when he was thirty years old, verse 1, God called him to be a prophet.

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