Reading Log - Exillic And Post Exillic Literature Essay
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Ezekiel 36-37 – These chapters were written by Ezekiel, a well-educated priest who was taken to Babylon to work as a slave for the royalty due to his superior talents and education. While in slavery, the priest becomes a prophet through spiritual experiences early in the book. The people have lost everything, which according to the Deuteronomic viewpoint was because of their sinful unfaithfulness to Yahweh.
What is the message of chapters 36 and 37? What does the vision of chapter 37 mean for those who first heard about it?
• The message for chapter 36 is that God promises to restore Israel after their horrible living conditions. God goes to also say that he remembers their sins and evils, but also goes onto say he will pardon and provide sanctification. Chapter 37 shows Israel being restored physically and spiritually. Chapter 37 is when Ezekiel is said to walk the valley of dry bones. This is a representation of Israel. God is restoring Israel even though it is dead with life and bringing hope and promise. The bones represent the entire nation of Israel, even though God has cast judgement he also promises to restore Israel and provide them with their homeland. Ezekiel 37: 1-14 is when mankind will have the opportunity to have salvation during the resurrection to God’s judgement.
Isaiah – It may help you to know that Isaiah 1-39 are connected with events in the mid-700s BC when Jerusalem and the Southern Kingdom of Judah…