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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Ezekiel 37

 

 


Verses 1-28

Ezekiel 37:1-28 — The Restoration of Israel as a Nation - Ezekiel 37:1-28 tells us of the first of three end-time prophetic events that will usher Israel back into the forefront of world history. Ezekiel 37:1-28 describes the restoration of Israel, which prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 when Israel was officially recognized as a nation again. This event was also prophesied in Joel 3:1"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem."

Here is a proposed outline:

1. Ezekiel Prophesies to the Valley of Dry Bones — Ezekiel 37:1-14

2. The Prophecy of Northern Israel Reuniting with Southern Judah — Ezekiel 37:15-25

3. The Restoration of the Temple and Its Services — Ezekiel 37:26-28

Ezekiel 37:1-14 — Ezekiel Prophesies to the Valley of Dry Bones - In Ezekiel 37:1-14 Ezekiel is taken in the spirit to a valley which was full of dry bones. He is commanded to prophesy to the bones so that they will be resurrected as the nation of Israel.

Ezekiel 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

Ezekiel 37:2 — "and, lo, they were very dry" - Comments- John Hagee understands the phrase "and, lo, they were very dry" to mean that the nation of Israel has been dead for a very long time. They were dispersed two thousand years ago. In 1948 the nation of Israel was reborn. 30]

30] John Hagee, John Hagee Today (San Antonio, Texas: John Hagee Ministries), on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), 24November 2008, television program.

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of Prayer of Manasseh , these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

Ezekiel 37:11Comments- Ezekiel 37:11 interprets the dry bones to symbolize the hopelessness of the children of Israel.

Ezekiel 37:15-25The Prophecy of Northern Israel Reuniting with Southern Judah- Comments- Ezekiel 37:15-25 tells us that God will reunite northern Israel with the southern kingdom of Judah when the nation of Israel is reborn ( Ezekiel 37:22). This has taken place in 1948 in fulfillment of this prophecy. God will appoint David as king over all twelve tribes ( Ezekiel 37:24).

Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

Ezekiel 37:24 Scripture Reference- Note

John 10:16, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."

Ezekiel 37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children"s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

Ezekiel 37:25 — "And David my servant shall be king over them" - Comments- The Jews were looking for a restored kingdom and a king of the lineage of David who would again rule over them. Therefore, the title "David my servant" is given to Jesus Christ so that they can identify with the Messiah, Jesus Christ, when He comes to be their king. In contrast, to the Gentiles the Messiah was not the son of David, but rather, the Saviour of the World.

Ezekiel 37:26-28The Restoration of the Temple and Its Services- The Sanctuary, or Tabernacle, that is referred to in Ezekiel 37:26-28 will soon be described in the upcoming chapters (40-46).

Ezekiel 37:28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

Ezekiel 37:28Comments - Although Gog and its assembly of nations will try to destroy the Revelation -established nation of Israel ( Ezekiel 38-39), the Lord will destroy their armies and glorify Himself in their midst ( Ezekiel 38:16; Ezekiel 38:23; Ezekiel 39:7; Ezekiel 39:13; Ezekiel 39:21).

 


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Bibliography Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Ezekiel 37:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/ezekiel-37.html. 2013.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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