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Ezekiel Saw the Wheel (1 of 12)
Ezekiel is a young man, thirty years of age. It is the age when priests begin their ministry. They served for twenty years-from the age of thirty to the age of fifty. We know he is a priest because we are told that in the third verse. He is called Ezekiel the priest. He has received his training. He has been prepared. He is ready to inaugurate his ministry as a priest among the people of God who have been carried into captivity.
What Ezekiel doesn't know is that the Lord is getting ready to change his career. Some of you may have had a career change-an unexpected career change. Look at the 2nd chapter, the 5th verse. In the last part of that 5th verse the Lord says to Ezekiel, ''Yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.''
He is a priest; yet God is going to change careers on him and he is going to be a prophet.
Notice in these first three verses, which are introductory, that we are given the period of time involved. We are also given the place where Ezekiel was when the Lord called him. He is at a period of time which is shortly after he had arrived in Babylon as a part of the exiles who had been carried into captivity. He was about twenty-five years of age. He's been there about five years.
You will notice that it is also in the 5th year (verse 2) of King Jehoiachin's captivity. The Babylonians invaded the land of Palestine and carried away a number of the people into captivity. In about six years from this particular time in chapter one, the city of Jerusalem is going to fall. So, God is calling a prophet to deliver a message to His people who are in exile.
In one sense of the word, we are living in an age when a church is in exile. The church is in the midst of a culture which has placed the people of God into exile. Get the picture. Ezekiel is in a foreign land. He is 600 miles away from home. Just imagine yourself if you are in a concentration camp ...
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