“The phrase ‘put the branch to their nose’ is obscure. . Chapters 8-11 are one literary unit (cf. (1) Ezekiel, the elders, and the hand of the LORD. If it was a ritual act in an idolatrous cult, then it is grave indeed. GWT: In front of these drawings stood 70 of Israel's leaders. Sacred trees were frequent symbols in idol-worship. Ezekiel 8:1-18 . You will see greater abominations: Ezekiel saw idolatry outside the temple and corruption among the leaders within. “The worship of Tammuz came from Babylon through the Phoenicians (Canaanites) and then the Greeks. For Hebrew, eesh, "fire," the Septuagint, &c., read ish, "a man." There stood before them seventy elders of the house of Israel: In front of these foul and idolatrous images were the leaders of Israel, each with a censer putting forth a think cloud of incense. . From the secret abominations of the chambers of imagery, the prophet's eye is turned to the outer court at the north door; within the outer court women were not admitted, but only to the door. “What the men in this dark room are saying about Yahweh is in fact false about him, but it is true of the images before which they stand.” (Block). d. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity: Because of the great idolatries and sins of Jerusalem, and that the people regarded it all as a trivial thing, God’s judgment was assured, and could not be turned back. Ezekiel witnessed marvelous things in his prophetic visions even as he lived through terrible things on earth. Chapters 8-11 contain the second of Ezekiel’s visions while he is living in exile in Babylon. You can also change some of your preferences. “In the seasonal mythological cycle, he died early in the fall when vegetation withered. Ezekiel 8 – Abominations at the Temple A. Ezekiel goes to Jerusalem in a vision. The connected visions at Ezekiel 3:12-7:27' comprehended Judah and Israel; but the visions (Ezekiel 8:1-11:25') refer immediately to Jerusalem and the remnant of Judah under Zedekiah, as distinguished from the Babylonian exiles. “Yahweh hereby affirms that from now on his ears are closed to all pleas for mercy….He will not allow his heart to overrule his head.” (Block), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. The idea thus fabled was that of the waters of the river and the beauties of spring destroyed by the summer during the half year when the sun is in the upper heat. Rather, they held up a branch or bundle of tamarisk (called barsom) to their nose at daybreak, while singing hymns to the rising sun [STRABO, 1.15, p. 733]. And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. . The worship of the sun, associated with the priests (Ezekiel 8:16-18). a. Yet, with the temple behind them and the altar before them (their faces toward the east), they were worshipping the sun toward the east. . a. a. 12. every man in . North of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance: There again, Ezekiel saw this idol in the temple court. In exile, he encouraged Israel that judgment would not last forever, but that God would restore Israel and once again live among them. The time has come, The day draws near. Chapter 8 God, having given the prophet a clear foresight of the people’s miseries that were hastening on, here gives him a clear insight into the people’s wickedness, by which God was provoked to bring these miseries upon them, that he might justify God in all his judgments, might the more particularly reprove the sins of the people, and with the more satisfaction foretel their … All rights reserved. 4. door of the inner gate--facing the north, the direction in which he came from Chebar, called the "altar-gate" ( Ezekiel 8:5 ); it opened into the inner court, wherein stood the altar of burnt offering; the inner court ( 1 Kings 6:36 ) was that of the priests; the outer court ( Ezekiel 10:5 ), that of the people, where they assembled. In spiritual application, this shows that it may take some effort and energy to truly see the interior. 14. i. The word also occurs in Phoenician writings.” (Wright). Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. colour of amber--the glitter of chasmal [FAIRBAIRN]. “Is it quite certain that evil thoughts and imaginations have not imprinted themselves on the walls of the heart? If God did not exist then no one need care about him. Ahaz had removed the brazen altar from the front of the Lord's house to the north of the altar which he had himself erected. Proud member Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. It was His sanctuary, belonging to God Himself, but He would leave it because of their great abominations. i. Ezekiel was probably shocked to see what all these city leaders were secret idolaters. The interior of the temple was supposed have cherubim surrounding God’s throne portrayed on the walls, and instead had filthy idols. Ezekiel 8 is the eighth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet/priest Ezekiel, and is one of the Books of the Prophets. He appeared to them in a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, the very presence of God, He nurtured Israel in the wilderness providing food and water. 11. seventy men--the seventy members composing the Sanhedrim, or great council of the nation, the origination of which we find in the seventy elders, representatives of the congregation, who went up with Moses to the mount to behold the glory of Jehovah, and to witness the secret transactions relating to the establishment of the covenant; also, in the seventy elders appointed to share the burden of the people with Moses. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Clearly Jaazaniah was the black sheep of a worthy family.” (Taylor). His revival by the wailing of Ishtar was marked by the buds of spring and the fertility of the land. Ezekiel 8 Commentary. 4. God, having given the prophet a clear foresight of the people's miseries that were hastening on, here gives him a clear insight into the people's wickedness, by which God was provoked to bring these miseries upon them, that he might justify God in all his judgments, might the more particularly reprove the sins of the people, and with the more satisfaction foretel their ruin. And they were smugly complacent in it all.” (Feinberg), iii. The exiles looked hopefully towards Jerusalem and, so far from believing things there to be on the verge of ruin, expected a return in peace; while those left in Jerusalem eyed the exiles with contempt, as if cast away from the Lord, whereas they themselves were near God and ensured in the possessions of the land ( Ezekiel 11:15 ). Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. “These worshippers showed their contempt for God by standing in such a way that they had their backs to the Temple while they reverenced the sun (cf. Sunrise Services at the Temple. But no such ritual act is known among Semitic peoples. 8:1 and 11:24). Their rejection of Yahweh and His true worship led to a breakdown in the social order. Ezekiel was dismayed because women were there, in the holy place reserved only for priests, and because of their immoral idolatry. ii. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. ii. Oh, that there were the same liberality toward the cause of God! Instead of repenting, as they ought, they bite the curb [CALVIN]. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. The lying on his sides three hundred ninety and forty days ( Ezekiel 4:5 Ezekiel 4:6 ) had by this time been completed, at least in vision. And He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there.” So I went in and saw, and there—every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls. They had also filled the land with ‘violence,’ i.e., social chaos and injustice.” (Smith). You will see greater abominations than these: God continually promised Ezekiel that he would see greater and greater abominations. “Because of this utter corruption of the people, Jehovah would proceed in judgment, in spite of all the loud crying of the people.” (Morgan), ii. HAVERNICK thinks all the scenes of idolatry in the chapter are successive portions of the festival held in honor of Tammuz or Adonis ( Ezekiel 8:14 ). a. Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations: In his vision of the temple, Ezekiel saw a terrible variety of idolatries and abominations. Here what is meant is that the people generally addicted themselves to secret idolatry, led on by their elders; there is no doubt, also, allusion to the mysteries, as in the worship of Isis in Egypt, the Eleusinian in Greece, &c., to which the initiated alone were admitted. 1:1-3 with 8:1 (August-September 592 B.C.). 8:1 and 11:24). God called these wicked abominations; “the most abominable wickednesses; these are loathsome in their nature, and multiplied in number before me.” (Poole), ii. According to Ezekiel 8:12, the prophet was thereby shown what the elders of Israel did in the dark, every one in his image-chamber. The "brightness . round about--On every side they surrounded themselves with incentives to superstition. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Ezekiel 8:6; Ezekiel 8:13 keep what goes before in a co-ordinate relation. Listen to Pastor Robert Furrow as he continues his Commentary on Ezekiel picking up today in chapter 8, verse 1. “With the worship of this god in ancient times were connected the basest immoralities. Jewish commentators understood it to refer to some revolting and wicked rite. imagery--The elders ("ancients") are here the representatives of the people, rather than to be regarded literally. From 2 K. 23:11–12 one may also infer that the horses and chariots of the sun at the entrance of the temple that Josiah demolished had also been erected by Manasseh.”, And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Introduction Chapter 8-11 . Sun-worship came from the Persians, who made the sun the eye of their god Ormuzd. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up. Some take it to be a gesture of contempt toward God.” (Feinberg), ii. Author – Date: If the “thirtieth year” (of 1:1), refers to Ezekiel’s age, he was 25 when taken captive and 30 when called into ministry. Ezekiel 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I … Now we see that the idol in the temple was back. 1. sixth year--namely, of the captivity of Jehoiachin, as in Ezekiel 1:2 , the "fifth year" is specified. Behold, it has come! i. In Ezekiel 8–11, the prophet sees the glory of God leaving the temple. . 3 He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness; None of them shall remain, None of their multitude, None of them; Nor shall there be wailing for them. It was some obscure expression of contempt for God. Public and private worship was permeated with the God-dishonoring idolatry. . altar--the principal avenue to the altar of burnt offering; as to the northern position, see 2 Kings 16:14 . “If they were priests perhaps the number is twenty-five because there was a representative of each of the twenty-four courses of the priests plus the high priest (cf. His vision of the defiled temple continues as far as Ezekiel 11:25. b. What seems fair and beautiful in the eye of man may be concealing terrible secrets, open only to that of God.” (Meyer). 1.25).” (Wright), iii. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”. “We need not then perplex our reader with a long discourse, to show wherein these latter sins are greater than the former mentioned; they are all very great.” (Poole). Tammuz, mentioned nowhere else in the Scriptures, was the Babylonian Dumuzi, beloved of Ishtar, and is to be identified with the Greek Adonis.” (Feinberg), iii. Then He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall”; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. BACKGROUND STUDY TO CHAPTERS 8-11. CALVIN translates, "to their own ruin," literally, "to their nose," that is, with the effect of rousing My anger (of which the Hebrew is "nose") to their ruin. God refers to their questions. cloud of incense--They spared no expense for their idols. Salem Media Group. b. An annual feast was celebrated to him in June (hence called Tammuz in the Jewish calendar) at Byblos, when the Syrian women, in wild grief, tore off their hair and yielded their persons to prostitution, consecrating the hire of their infamy to Venus; next followed days of rejoicing for his return to the earth; the former feast being called "the disappearance of Adonis," the latter, "the finding of Adonis." nose--proverbial, for "they turn up the nose in scorn," expressing their insolent security [Septuagint]. Ezekiel uses visions, prophecies, parables, signs and symbols to proclaim and dramatize the message of God to His exiled people. If only an easy or surface observation is allowed, the true state of things may not be seen. beasts--worshipped in Egypt; still found portrayed on their chamber walls; so among the Troglodytæ. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? It existed as early as Job ( Job 31:26 ; compare Deuteronomy 4:19 ). Changes will take effect once you reload the page. elders--namely, those carried away with Jehoiachin, and now at the Chebar. During a time where the people believed they were doing ‘just fine,’ Ezekiel had to call out their sins in … 1:9, etc. This Phoenician feast answered to the similar Egyptian one in honor of Osiris. 1:23). C. It is tragic that the same attitude exists today among so many people.” (Alexander), ii. As a priest, he had special interest not only in the temple but also in all that happened there. . Ezek. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. 33.7,15, of a special ‘idol’ set up by King Manasseh in the Temple. . They offered priestly service and incense associated with prayers, in the midst of the idolatry and impurity. The hand— The spirit of prophecy. This is the most hopeless stage and stale of pollution.” (Morgan), iv. 3. c. Now turn again, you will see greater abominations: What Ezekiel saw was bad enough; God now promised to show him worse things, greater abominations. For they have filled the land with violence: These were not only religious or spiritual sins. Hence the vision here of what affected those in Jerusalem immediately was a seasonable communication to the exiles away from it. i. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. . This was likely right outside the temple building itself. They were come either to spend the sabbath in religious exercises, or to enquire what would become of their brethren in Jerusalem. “They had carried the idolatry of the temple into their private homes. Instead of prompting him to address directly the elders before him, the Spirit carried him away in vision (not in person bodily) to the temple at Jerusalem; he proceeds to report to them what he witnessed: his message thus falls into two parts: (1) The abominations reported in Ezekiel 8:1-18 . It was called the image of jealousy because it provoked God to holy jealousy. i. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Many sermons, articles and videos have attempted to explain this end times battle in which a group of nations will attack the nation of Israel – only to have God Himself supernaturally intervene to defeat them. One of the most challenging prophecies in the Bible is the war of Gog and Magog as detailed in Ezekiel 38 and 39. . Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. b. And behold, there was the glory of the God of Israel, like the appearance that I saw in the plain. . And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me there. . branch to . The whole was presented in vision to the prophet. It wasn’t about what the leaders did in the temple, but the hidden place of their heart was filled with dark deeds and idolatry—yet they carried on their service as if all was right. . ... 8-9). “While we may puzzle over how he is able to dig a hole in the wall or why he does not use the existing entrance to this room, the visionary nature of this entire unit removes the necessity for realism or logical consistency.” (Block). Lift your eyes now toward the north: If one stood facing the entrance to the temple, the north would be on the right side. 9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. Verses 8-11 All the *exiles with Ezekiel should have understood what he did. Sixth year— Of Jeconiah's captivity. And He said to me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now towards the north. "The chambers of imagery" are their own perverse imaginations, answering to the priests' chambers in the vision, whereon the pictures were portrayed ( Ezekiel 8:10 ). Indeed they put the branch to their nose. b. This eighth chapter begins a new stage of Ezekiel's prophecies and continues to the end of the eleventh chapter. About twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple…and they were worshipping the sun toward the east: These men stood where the priests would normally stand to bless the people. Or rather, the vision is not of an actual scene, but an ideal pictorial representation of the Egyptian idolatries into which the covenant-people had relapsed, practising them in secret places where they shrank from the light of day [FAIRBAIRN], ( John 3:20 ). B. They also excused their sin because they believed God had forsaken Israel, when in fact they had forsaken God. c. To the north gate of the inner court: Specifically, Ezekiel came to the temple. This was another example of pagan worship, and Tammuz was a deity worshipped by many in neighboring nations, often with immoral or impure rites. Yet there were greater abominations to see. . We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. "And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, [as] I … Tammuz--from a Hebrew root, "to melt down." Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan: “Shaphan is probably to be identified with Josiah’s secretary of state (2 Kgs 22:3), and Ahikam, another of Shaphan’s sons, was an influential supporter of Jeremiah (Jer. How awfully it aggravates the national sin, that the seventy, once admitted to the Lord's secret council ( Psalms 25:14 ), should now, "in the dark," enter "the secret" of the wicked ( Genesis 49:6 ), those judicially bound to suppress idolatry being the ringleaders of it! And He said to me, “Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.” So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. You can check these in your browser security settings. Sinai (Exodus 3:3-4). In "the inner court," immediately before the door of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, where the priests advanced only on extraordinary occasions ( Joel 2:17 ), twenty-five men (the leaders of the twenty-four courses or orders of the priests, 1 Chronicles 24:18 1 Chronicles 24:19 , with the high priest, "the princes of the sanctuary," Isaiah 43:28 ), representing the whole priesthood, as the seventy elders represented the people, stood with their backs turned on the temple, and their faces towards the east, making obeisance to the rising sun (contrast 1 Kings 8:44 ). Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.” So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall. d. Son of man, dig into the wall: To see those greater abominations, Ezekiel had to dig through a wall to see in his vision what was inside the temple itself. a. i. provoketh to jealousy--calleth for a visitation in wrath of the "jealous God," who will not give His honor to another (compare the second commandment, Exodus 20:5 ). Furthermore He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. “This piece of idolatry the Jews had learned of the Egyptians, who madly worshipped oxen, asses, goats, dogs, cats, serpents, crocodiles, the bird ibis, &c.” (Trapp). “It is likely that the prophet would have viewed the presence of women in the inner court as a profanation.” (Vawter and Hoppe), ii. Then He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? The great abominations that the house of Israel commits here: Ezekiel saw the image of jealousy, and God told him that it represented the great abominations of Israel. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. . Manasseh’s son Amon continued the state-sponsored idolatry of his father. C. This is a literary unit which encompasses a vision of Ezekiel's of the abominations that were occurring in the Temple in Jerusalem. hole in . This eighth chapter begins a new stage of Ezekiel's prophecies and continues to the end of the eleventh chapter. “With this kind of rationalization they permitted themselves to do anything they desired. hand of . Ah, it may be so. A. Ezekiel 8-11 are one literary unit (cf. They didn’t worship Yahweh, even at His own temple – they worshipped the sun, as the other pagan nations did. To my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz: This is the only mention of Tammuz in Ezekiel and the Old Testament. Then He said to me, “Son of man, lift your eyes now toward the north.” So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance. a. That event was naturally a memorable epoch to the exiles; and the computation of years from it was to humble the Jews, as well as to show their perversity in not having repented, though so long and severely chastised. Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? The Glory of the Lord led Israel out of Egypt.The Glory of the Lord appeared to Moses, in the burning bush on Mt. 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