Ezekiel The Great (Ezekiel)
Ezekiel is not known much about and has not been marked as very important because so little is know about him. Ezekiel is actually only mentioned twice in the entire book. What is known about this mysterious prophet of God is that he was the son of Buzi. Buzi was a priest. Ezekiel’s name means God will strengthen, or God hardens me or even God is hardening Ezekiel’s name is very much like king Hezekiah’s as Hezekiah means Yahweh will strenghten. Ezekiel was also a priest who lived during the Israelite exile around 597 BCE, This was a decade before the Babylonians had completely destroyed Jerusalem. The Israelite exiles settled at a place called Tel-Abib, on the banks of the Chebar, in the land of the Chaldeans (Thomas 24). Ezekiel was said to be about 26 years old when he was put into exile along with King Jehoiachin.
Even though Ezekiel was living during a rough time when Israel was being destroyed by the Babylonians his faith always remained strong no matter what in the one true God, Yahweh. Unlike Ezekiel, many of the Israelites during this time believed in many gods, each having a political or social purpose for their society (The New Interpreter's Study Bible 169). Yahweh did not agree with the believing in other gods because the Israelites had made a covenant with Yahweh. This covenant meant that they could not o worship other idols, and if they did Yahweh would set out his wrath upon them. Ezekiel understood that this is why they were being punished, was for the worship of idols and or other gods. Yahweh uses Ezekiel to show this message to his people and show them the punishment that they will have to bare because of their sins.
Ezekiel became aware that he is a prophet of God's word when he first receives a vision by the Chebar River in Babylon (Thomas 25). His first vision consists of amazing creatures that each had four faces and four wings. Above these human like creatures was a dome that looked like a throne. On this throne was a human like form that resembled the likeness of the glory of God. When Ezekiel saw this he fell on his face. Then a voice came to him and said:
"O mortal stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, "Thus says the Lord God."(Ezekiel 2:3)
Then God lowered a hand that had a scroll in it and He told Ezekiel to eat the scroll and go to Israel and speak the words of God to the sinners. Ezekiel remained in awe state for seven days, then God reiterates again Ezekiel's task. "Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth,...