Ezekiel - Chapter 8

Ezekiel 8:3 - God grabs him by the hair and takes him off to Jerusalem. Yikes.

Ezekiel 8:6 - The Israelites were acting in ways to push God out of the temple. I'm sure that had you asked them, many may have thought they were actually serving God there. Yet God felt, and was, driven away. Isn't it easy for us to do the same? We get caught up in how we should worship and what's proper to do, or even caught up in parsing and dissecting scripture, and God Himself is driven away.

Ezekiel 8:12 - What do I worship in the dark of our own lives? In the dark, when the doors are shut and no one can see, what do I run after?

Ezekiel 8:14 - I wonder what the significance of these women weeping for Tammuz is. I searched the Bible for 'Tammuz' but found no other references.

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That's good stuff. The prophets are a huge challenge to our lives.

Here is a summary of what the Anchor Bible dictionary says about Tammuz - probably a former Sumerian ruler who was deified and worshipped as a god. He probably represented the "life cycle of crops" that is living-dying-living, etc. The story goes that this god was married to another god - Ishtar. Ishtar sends Tammuz to take the place of her sister Ereshkigal among the dead (I guess so her sister can come back to life?). Then Ishtar calls for an annual day of weeping for Tammuz. That is what these women are doing.

ABD, vol 6, p.318

I'm enjoying your comments on Ezekiel. There apparently are a variety of theories about Tammuz. Basically all of them involve some sort of idolatry. Here is
John Gill's commentary
on the verse, with several of the theories.



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  • I'm enjoying your comments on Ezekiel. There apparently are a variety of theories about Tammuz. Basically all of them involve some sort of idolatry. Here is John Gill's commentary on the verse, with several of the th...

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  • Here is a summary of what the Anchor Bible dictionary says about Tammuz - probably a former Sumerian ruler who was deified and worshipped as a god. He probably represented the "life cycle of crops" that is living-dying-l...

  • That's good stuff. The prophets are a huge challenge to our lives....

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