Summary: God’s Spirit can revive the deadest of souls

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INTRODUCTION: A. There was once an explorer who was deep in the Amazon jungle. He became lost

in the thick foliage and stopped to get his bearings. As he looked around, he found

himself surrounded by a group of bloodthirsty cannibals. Quietly to himself, he said,

“I’m doomed!”

As he pondered his situation, a thought came to him: Wait! You’re not doomed

yet. Pick up that big stone at your feet and hit the cannibal in front of you in the

head. He looks like the chief. So he did.

He hit the chief with a few swift blows and looked down at the chief’s limp body.

The rest of the cannibals stared silently at the explorer. As he stared them in the eye,

he had another thought: Okay. NOW you’re doomed.

B. Today is the last of our messages from Ezekiel

1. We’ve studied the rebellion and unfaithfulness of God’s people and God’s removal

of His hand of protection and provision because of it.

--What they had taken for granted was taken away from them.

2. Because of their sinfulness, Israel found themselves in what seemed to be a

hopeless situation

--They felt doomed and desperate

C. Before we get into the text this morning, let’s review the circumstances in which

Ezekiel was called to be a prophet:

1. Israel had become a divided nation: the northern kingdom called Israel and the

southern kingdom called Judah

--The northern kingdom quickly left behind their devotion to God and God sent the

Assyrians to defeat them and discipline them

2. The southern kingdom managed to maintain a relationship with God for awhile but

eventually became as wicked and idolatrous as the northern kingdom

3. Because of their wickedness, God sent the Babylonians to defeat and take captive

the southern kingdom

a. Jehoichim was king of Judah at the time

--He subjected himself as an underling to Babylon and their ruler


b. After three years, Jehoichim rebelled and within four years, Jerusalem was

surrounded and under siege.

c. At a very critical point in time, Jehoichim died

--His 18-year-old son Jehoichin became king and surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar

d. Jerusalem was plundered but the temple was not harmed

e. Though under Babylonian domination, Judah remained an entity with her own


f. However, Jehochin, his officers, the fighting men, the craftsmen and artisans, as

well as all the leading men of Judah were deported to Babylon

--Ezekiel went to Babylon with this first group of exiles

4. During this time, Zedekiah was made king of Judah and he also rebelled against


a. In a desperate attempt to escape, Zedekiah led his army through a break in the

wall at night and fled into the plain where the Babylonian army pursued and

overtook them

b. The king’s sons and a large part of his army were slaughtered

c. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed, the Temple burnt down – all of its

implements and articles of worship taken to Babylon, and many more were taken

into captivity

5. What a truly discouraging and disappointing time

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