I. Historical/Cultural Context
Ezekiel alone is situated solely in
II. Analysis of the Passage-Symbolic Acts Against
Ezekiel demonstrates God’s message symbolically. This “enhances[s] … the spoken word, to make possible … [a] more intense kind of identification.” He depicts
Verse three’s “iron pan” literally means a griddle for baking. Elsewhere (Lev 2:5; 6:21; 7:9; 1 Chr 23:29), it concerns the sacrificial system,  while Alexander suggests it was a “pan used only by the priests for certain offerings (Lev 2:5; 6:21; 7:9).” It also references God’s call, in Ezekiel 3:8, and possibly symbolizes the divide between God and the Jerusalemites.
Verses 4-8 depict Ezekiel assuming
In verses 9-17, Ezekiel demonstrates symbolically the coming food and water shortage in
Verses 12-15 concern the Exile as “…the people of
III. Synthesis of the Passage
Ezekiel displayed symbolically
Ezekiel was a messenger and an exile, as were the message’s recipients. Identification with those we minister to is crucial. “Rock & Roll Revival,” speaks to this issue. Ezekiel’s identification with the people’s sins, though innocent, reminds us of Christ’s identification with our sin, though sinless. God called Ezekiel to prophesy utilizing unusual, somewhat outlandish means. Can we be as obedient?
 J. Gordon McConville, A Guide to the Prophets, Exploring the Old Testament, Vol. 4 (
 Joseph Blenkinsopp, Ezekiel, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, ed. Patrick D. Miller (Louisville: John Knox Press, 1990), 8.
 Ibid., 34.
 Bruce Vawter and Leslie J. Hoppe, A New Heart: A Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991), 41.
 Ralph H. Alexander, Ezekiel, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, vol. 6, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986), 769.
 James L. Mays, ed., HarperCollins Bible Commentary (
 Mays, 595.
 Vawter and Hoppe, 41.
 Alexander, 770.
 Ibid., 43.
 Ibid., 44.
 Blenkinsopp. 38.
 Kelly Fryer, “Rock & Roll Revival, Reclaiming the F Word, 12 March, 2008, n. p. Online: http://reclaimingthefword.typepad.com/reclaiming_the_f_word/ [12 March 2008].
Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Ezekiel. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and
Preaching. Ed. Patrick D. Miller, Jr.
Fryer, Kelly. “Rock & Roll Revival.” Reclaiming the F Word, 12 March 2008: n. p.Online:
http://reclaimingthefword.typepad.com/reclaiming_the_f_word/ [12October 2008].
Hoppe, Leslie J. and Bruce Vawter. A New Heart: A Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel.
Mays, James L., ed. The HarperCollins Bible Commentary.
McConville, Gordon. Exploring the Old Testament. Vol 4, A Guide to the Prophets.
The Bible. Today’s New International Version.