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God intends to punish the Ammonites, the Edomites, and the Phillistines. Some of them are punished merely for an attitude of malicious glee at the punishment of Israel. This should make us think twice about our own attitudes about our enemies.

Direct download: EzekielLecture16.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

God reminds the "Prince" of Israel of his country's many sins, and how he will not escape punishment. Ultimately the nation will be shown mercy though, despite its long history of sin. Ezekiel is ordered to perform several signs of Israel's coming punishment, including being ordered not to mourn the death of his wife.

Direct download: EzekielLecture15.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

Angry at the elders of Israel demanding prophecy, God reminds them of their continual inclination toward idolatry, even back in Egypt. He chastises them for distorting the Law of Moses to commit evil. For example some Israelites construed their firstborns belonging to God as an excuse to sacrifice and kill them out of convenience. We are warned that any ostensibly Christian activities that turn us away from God are not truly Christian activities.

Direct download: EzekielLecture14.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

God tells Israel a series of allegories. He warns Israel of its upcoming punishment for not only breaking His covenant but their political covenant with Babylon. He gains no pleasure from the death of His children and seeks their return to Him.

Direct download: EzekielLecture13.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

God reminds Judah that Sodom was synonymous was evil in Israelite culture, but that Judah's actions are worse because they should know better. They are a prosperous nation steeped in Scripture that is turning around and attacking those loyal to God.

Direct download: EzekielLecture12.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

God tells Ezekiel to compare Israel to a child disposed of in a wasteland, who God takes in, raises, and marries before she turns around and becomes a harlot. Israel "plays the field" by worshipping other pagan gods and making child sacrifices.

Direct download: EzekielLecture11.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

The lord promises to lead false prophets astray for pretending that they speak with His authority. The last part of this episode is some review and discussion of the previous few lectures, tying it into modern life.

I apologize for the echos in this recording.

Direct download: EzekielLecture10.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

The Lord tells Ezekiel to prepare the Israelites for exile, that they may confess their sins to the nations. The exiled Israelites will one day come back and rebuild Israel, and the Lord will replace their hearts of stone and restore Israel to a nation loyal to the Lord.

Direct download: EzekielLecture9.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

The Lord shows Ezekiel of a vision where He instructs a man in white linen to mark Israelites loyal to God with a crosslike symbol, and then destroy the rest with cleansing fire for their idolatry.

I apologize for the echo in this recording.

Direct download: EzekielLecture8.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

God shows Ezekiel a vision of pervasive idol worship among the Israelites, even among the highest echelons of power. Demand for false prophets is high at this time, though Ezekiel has gained notoriety and people are interested to hear what God tells him to say.

I apologize for the echo in this recording.

Direct download: EzekielLecture7.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT