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Ezekiel and John the Apostle (3 of 12)
Series: Parallel Lives of the Old and New Testament
Clarence E. Macartney
Captivity has been the author of some of the greatest books in the world. Some of the letters of St. Paul were written from his prison at Rome. John was a prisoner in a convict camp when he had his vision of the future of the church and the overthrow of the kingdom of evil. The Book of Ezekiel is another great book conceived and born in captivity.
Ezekiel was a priest at the temple at Jerusalem, and was carried into captivity in Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar about the year 597 b.c. This was before the rebellion of Zedekiah and the complete destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. While a captive in the Hebrew colony on the banks of the Chebar, a canal or tributary of the Euphrates, Ezekiel had the series of visions and delivered the messages recorded in the book which bears his name. The Book of Ezekiel is one of the most difficult and least read of any of the books of the Bible. The Jews had a law that no one was to read it until thirty years of age. Jerome called it "the ocean of Scriptures, and the labyrinth of the mysteries of God." But, like all difficult books, there are great treasures here for the man who enters it. One cannot read this book without receiving the impression that there is a God, and that God is in human life, doing His will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. Any book, any friend, any speaker, who helps us to hold the faith that life is more than meat and raiment, that soul is more than body, and that these few years of struggle and sorrow in the narrow defiles and crowded arenas of this world do not measure our existence, and that man has to do, not only with himself and with his fellow creatures, but with God, and can say to us that if sin is here, and sorrow and death are here, the Lord also is here-that book or speaker is a treasure for mankind. The key to this many-chambered, rich ...
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