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Daily Bible Reading for July 25, 2014, with Commentary: Ezekiel 37-42

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Context: Chapter 37 contains two complimentary prophecies.  Both introduce and describe the vision (1-10; 15-17) before providing and interpretation of the vision (11-14; 18-28).  Chapter 38 is a prophecy against Gog.  What nation is Gog?  We do not know, although there are many theories. The prophecy against Gog has not yet happened.  This chapter describes Gog’s call to arms (1-9), Gog’s evil scheme (10-13), Gog’s advance (14-16), and God’s wrath against Gog (17-23).  Chapter 39 continues the prophecy against Gog, foretelling of Gog’s destruction.  Chapter 39 describes the magnitude of Gog’s defeat (1-16), the feast of Gog and the glory of the Lord (17-24), and gives the epitaph of Gog’s defeat (25-29).  Chapter 40 introduces the final section of Ezekiel.  The remaining chapters in the book contains themes of restoration and hope.  These chapter can cause confusion.  The temple described by Ezekiel does not match the description of any known temple after his time.  The description also contains mention of a place for animal sacrifice, which is no longer necessary since Jesus shed His blood.  Perhaps these final chapters were a hope of Ezekiel that was never fulfilled.  These remaining chapters are filled with hope of Israel being restored and Israelites, once again being able to worship at the Lord’s temple.  Chapter 40-42 describe, in amazing detail, the temple building.

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