Up to this point, I have only written about my deconstructing the New Testament. While there will still be things written on that topic, it is now necessary to move ahead to things I found troubling with the Hebrew Scriptures.
Number One: Ezekiel’s Temple
I can’t tell you how many times I read the book of Ezekiel. Forty-eight chapters of visions and prophecies is not something one can comprehend in one reading. At one point, I started an inductive study, the process of which was laid out in a book recommended by the pastor’s wife. The problem with that book is any time the prophet mentioned something regarding the future temple and the methods of worship, the author incorporated a reading from the book of Hebrews. If you are unaware, Hebrews is pretty much the opposite of Ezekiel. Ezekiel speaks of a future temple where the prince, who is a descendant of David, will rule and reign forever. The prince will bring a sin sacrifice for himself and for the people and the sacrificial system will resume. The theme of Hebrews is one of Jesus being better than the temple and there being an end to the sacrificial system. Needless to say, I quickly put the book down and resumed my own study.
Ezekiel prophecies during the Babylonian Captivity, during which, the Temple had been destroyed. He is given a vision of the new Temple. Eight chapters are devoted to its blueprint, sacrifices, offerings, feasts, and of course, the prince’s role. The context is that this temple would be built after Israel’s return from Babylon. Ezekiel gives no hint that a second, temporary temple would stand for only 586 years. Yet, that is exactly what happened. Ezekiel’s Temple was never built.
Ezekiel also prophecies that all Twelve Tribes will dwell in the land Yahweh gave their forefathers.
“I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land… and they shall no longer be two nations.”
But he didn’t.
“My servant David shall be king over them”
But he wasn’t.
“And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore”
But he didn’t.
to be continued….