The Final Countdown… 7

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It’s the Final Countdown… 7 Days to go!

Today we finish the Epistle of Jeremiah and begin the book of Ezekiel, one of my very favorites.

The Epistle of Jeremiah is a well thought out sermon against idols and idolatry.

The Book of Ezekiel describes itself as the words of the Ezekiel ben-Buzi, a priest living in exile in the city of Babylon between 593 and 571 BC. The prophet Ezekiel wrote it approximately 571 B.C. – this book contains more defined dates than any other book in the Bible.

Ezekiel’s book was written to announce judgment upon Judah, to allow them one last chance to repent. It also predicts the coming deliverance of God’s nation from captivity in Babylon. Ezekiel is a priest who is called by God to deliver His messages, and his messages and visions are of the heavenly realities – the throne of God, the heavenly temple, etc. 

In todays reading we see Ezekiel having visions. They are spectacular, fantastic, and telling. I won’t spoil it, but suffice it to say that he is deeply concerned with the manifest glory of God to Israel, what is called the shekinah.

We call the shekinah Christ.

It’s the final countdown. Keep reading!

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About Fr. John A. Peck

Director of the Preachers Institute, priest in the Orthodox Church in America, award-winning graphic designer and media consultant, and non-profit administrator.
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