November 7, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 20:45-21:32

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SAA Notes

Jerusalem Below is to be destroyed – and it was. Solomon’s heir Zedekiah (verses 25-27) is to lose the kingship. The kingship is to depart until he comes to whom it rightfully belongs 21:27. At Jesus’ baptism, John the Baptist anoints Jesus King and Priest! (Baptism is by pouring or sprinkling on the head – anointing!)

SJA Notes

God keeps calling Ezekiel “son of man”! Eight times in this passage alone. What does it mean?

“Son of man, set your face toward the southland;”

“Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuaries.”

“As for you, son of man, groan;”

“Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord, say:”

“As for you, son of man, prophesy.”

“As for you, son of man, mark two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come.”

“And you, son of man, prophesy, and say, …”

We know that Jesus called Himself the “Son of Man” (Matthew 8:20, 9:6, 11:19, 16:13, 20:28, 24:27).

Jesus is the Prime of man. Paul says in Colossians 1, “He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”

So what does this passage in Ezekiel have for us today? Why does God refer so many times to Ezekiel as “son of man”?

Because man is frail. That is us. We are sons and daughters of men. Broken and dead in sin.

Because Jesus is perfect. He is before all things, in Him all things hold together (Col 1 again).

Jesus tells us in Matthew 4, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Following Jesus means imitating Him (1 Corinthians 11).

He is THE Son of Man. We are sons/daughters of men. Because we are like Jesus.

He is our model, our pattern, our hope and our light.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Thank You for Jesus, who is the beginning and the end, the firstborn from the dead.

Thank You that He is the pattern that we can imitate. He walked obediently under Your Will so that we could do the same!

Amen.

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