Key Question: Why God leaves his people (ch. 10-11): Because of their idolatry (ch. 8) and so that they may be destroyed (ch. 9). What kind of God leaves his people so that they will be ruthlessly slaughtered by their enemies? [Last week was a horrifying message of God's judgment (Ezekiel 4-7).]

"Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them" (Eze 8:18). "So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done" (Eze 9:10).

Big Idea: Don't ever make God your enemy!

Key question: Can there be nothing worse in all of life than hearing God say, "I myself am against you" (Ezekiel 5:9)??

"--therefore, here is what the Lord Yahweh has declared: 'I am against you! I myself! And I will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations" (Ezekiel 5:8). "My eye will not have pity, Nor will I spare. On the contrary, I will hold you accountable for your conduct, While your abominations persist within you. Then you will know that I am Yahweh who smites(Ezekiel 7:9).

  1. Calling (1-3): The Call of Ezekiel: Encounter (ch. 1); Mission (ch. 2); Crux(ch. 3).
  2. Judgment (4-32): Oracles of doom.
    1. God's judgment on Judah and Jerusalem (4-24).
      • Against Jerusalem (4-5): Dramatizing the fall of Jerusalem.
      • Against the mountains (6): Judgment proclaimed against the mountains of Israel.
      • Against the land (7): Sounding the alarm for the land.

Big Idea: Serve God God's Way.

Ezekiel's Calling (Chapter 1-3). (1) The Vision: An Encounter with God (Ezekiel 1). (2) The Commission and Mission: Driven by a High Calling (Ezekiel 2-3a). (3) The Vocation: A Strange Job Description with Strange Restrictions and Instructions.

* Have you encountered God?

* Have you been called by God?

* Did it change your heart and life?

* What difference does having a calling have on your life?

* What has God put you on earth for?

* What does the Spirit compel you to do daily?