Monday, 22 October 2012

Bible Reading Plan: Ezekiel

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The Vision of Ezekiel

If you are following the Bible in a Year reading plan, its time to move to the Book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel is quite long, at 48 chapters, and is the first in a sequence of the prophets read in the Office around the time of Advent (next up is Daniel).

The author of the book, Ezekiel, was a priest and prophet born around 623 BC and living in Babylon during the exile.  He was active between around 593 and 571 BC.

The book opens with the story of Ezekiel’s calling as a prophet, and includes a series of dramatic visions that point to the majesty and transcendence of God; the importance of inner conversion; and the importance of the Temple and its liturgy.

Ezekiel a very rich text, well worth reading in full.  But some of the key chapters to focus on include:
  • Chapters 1&16, which are foundational texts on mystical prayer;
  • Chapters 8&10, on the abominations occurring in Jerusalem, and God's response, as his presence leaves the Temple;
  • Chapter 18, used in Masses during Lent; 
  • Chapter 36's prophesy of the coming of the Holy Spirit (which will be very familiar to Sydney WYD attendees); and
  • Chapter 37, used in the Easter and Pentecost Vigils.
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