Ezekiel who prophesied to the Exiles in Babylon was a mystic visionary whose spiritual experiences are not easy to understand; but he had a valuable contribution to make to Israel's faith.
We read first a passage in which we encounter the figures that
the Christian Church has adopted as symbols of the New Testament
Gospel writers (a human being, a lion, an ox and an eagle) and
the glory of the Almighty upon His throne. The word 'mortal'
(man) in this version is a way of rendering Ben Adam (Son of Man)
in earlier versions of the Bible.
In an inspired insight the prophet declares that the age-old conviction
of Israel that God deliberately "visits the sins of the fathers
upon the children" is to be replaced by a sense of personal
One of the most powerful images the prophet gives us is that of
the "Valley of Dry Bones" with its spiritual awakening.
Whether we use the interchangeable words "wind", "breath"
or "spirit", (ruach) the meaning of this passage is
Ezekiel 37.v1-14, v24-28
The book closes with detailed instructions for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and the ordinances and ritual to be observed in its worship.