The Prophets Jeremiah & Ezekiel Essay

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The Prophets Jeremiah & Ezekiel

God inspired the prophets to tell the people what they needed to know and do in order to
follow His will. God inspires the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel to reveal to the
Israelites why they will become captives to Babylon, His anger against false prophets, and
the restoration of Israel.

In chapter 25 of Jeremiah, Jeremiah is inspired to go out to the people of Judah. The
prophets had told the people of Judah earlier, "Turn now, each of you, from your evil
ways… and you can stay in the land… Do not worship other gods…"(Jeremiah 25:5-6) He
tells them "Because you have not listened to my words, I will summon all the peoples of
the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon… and I will bring him against
this land…"(Jeremiah 25:9) Jeremiah makes it clear why the Israelites will go into
exile; because they didn't follow his commandments. Later Jeremiah states in the very same
chapter how long the captivity will last.

Ezekiel too mentions idolatry as the reason for Israel's captivity. In chapter eight he
sees numerous examples of idolatry and the sin of Israel. The Lord commands Ezekiel to "Go
in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here" (Ezekiel 8:9). He sees
idols and detestable animals. He sees a woman morning for the Tammuz, which is the
Babylonian fertility god (Ezekiel 12:31). Ezekiel also sees "twenty-five men… with their
backs toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east"(Ezekiel 8:16). God
tells him, "I will deal with them in anger, and I will not look on them with pity or spare
them"(Ezekiel 8:18). Ezekiel symbolizes the Babylonian exile by exiling himself from
Israel, he is instructed to "dig through the wall and take your belongings out through
it"(Ezekiel 12:5) Ezekiel is instructed to tell whoever asks him "As I have done so is
will be done to them. They will go into exile… the prince among them will put his things
on his should at dusk and leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go
through…"(Ezekiel 12:11-12) In chapter 23 God uses two sisters, Aholah and Aholibah who
symbolize Israel and Judah. They both offered themselves up to prostitution. God says to
them, "I will stir up your lovers against you… I will bring them against you from every
side… the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, the men of Pekod and the Shoa and Koa, and
all the Assyrians…They will come against you with weapons, chariots and wagons. (Ezekiel
23:23-24) God says He "will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you began in
Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore"(Ezekiel
23:27). Ezekiel finds that the reasons for Israel's captivity is its idolatry and ‘lust'
for its former ‘lovers.'

False prophets such as the prophet Hananiah tried to persuade the nation into believing
that Babylonians would only have Israel in captivity for two years. He states, "This is
what the Lord… says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I
will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord's house that Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon. I will also bring back to this
place Jehoiachin… and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon… for I will
break the yoke of Babylon'"(Jeremiah 28:2-4). Hananiah's message is pleasing to the ears.
Even Jeremiah wants to believe this and he tells Hananiah, "Amen! May the Lord do
so"(Jeremiah 28:6). Even though Hananiah's words contradict what Jeremiah says in chapter
27:16-22 Jeremiah acknowledges that Hananiah is also a prophet of the Lord and wishes that
his prophecy will come true. However, God reveals to Jeremiah that Hananiah lied. Jeremiah
tells him, "The Lord has sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.
Therefore… ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you
are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord'" (Jeremiah
28:15-16) That very year, just as Jeremiah predicts, Hananiah dies. In so doing he pays
the price for his lie.

Ezekiel is told to perform acts that symbolize the destruction of Israel. God tells
Ezekiel to draw the city of Jerusalem on a clay tablet and lie on your left side of the
tablet for 390 days (Ezekiel 4.1-4). The action symbolizes the sins of the Israelites on
the Lord's house and 390 days represent the number of days they have sin in the house.
Then God tells him to lie on his right side for 40 days for the sin of the house of Judah
(Ezekiel 4:6). It is an understatement to say that this would get someone's attention. If
you can picture a man lying on his side for 430 days shouting prophecies to the people of
Israel and Judah, it would definitely get their attention. Ezekiel performs acts so
strange that people simply have to pay attention. In another instance he builds a model of
Jerusalem and lays siege to it. It's not unusual to see some kids playing soldiers but to
see a grown man playing "Babylonians and Israelites" would get some weird looks. Ezekiel
is told to do many other odd and obscure acts. God tells him, "Shave your head and your
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