Ezekiel 1:3
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3  the word of Hashem came to the Kohen Yechezkel son of Buzi, by the Chebar Canal, in the land of the Chaldeans. And the hand of Hashem came upon him there.

ha-YOH ha-YAH d’-var a-do-NAI el y’-khez-KAYL ben bu-ZEE ha-ko-HAYN b’-E-retz kas-DEEM al n’-har k’-VAR va-t’-HEE a-LAV SHAM yad a-do-NAI

ג  הָיֹה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהֹוָה אֶל־יְחֶזְקֵאל בֶּן־בּוּזִי הַכֹּהֵן בְּאֶרֶץ כַּשְׂדִּים עַל־נְהַר־כְּבָר וַתְּהִי עָלָיו שָׁם יַד־יְהֹוָה׃

 1:3   The word of Hashem came to the Kohen Yechezkel

Yechezkel’s prophecy begins with the terrifying and esoteric vision of Hashem’s holy chariot, symbolic of the Divine Presence leaving the Beit Hamikdash and following the Jewish people into exile. The people may be temporarily bereft of their land, but are never abandoned by God. According to Jewish tradition, a prophet cannot receive prophecy outside the Land of Israel, unless he has first received it inside of the land. Therefore, the early commentators such as Rashi and Radak, note that in Hebrew, the word for the past is doubled in the words hayo haya (היה היה), translated here as “came to,” since Yechezkel’s current prophecy is a continuation of previous prophecies that visited him in Yerushalayim. Even when exiled, the people’s connection to the holiness and spirituality of Eretz Yisrael is never severed or broken.

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  • Questions: 1. Why can't a prophet receive prophecy outside the Land of Israel, unless he has first received it inside of the land?
    2. I still don't see how "came to" would give the understanding that Ezekiel first received the beginning of the prophecy in the land of Israel.
    Can you explain? Thank you.

    • Seeker

      “According to Jewish tradition” is the total explanation.

      When “tradition” has no real foundation in Scripture, it should be notated as editorial commentary—but not given the same weight as Scripture. Scripture is the word of HaShem; tradition is just an opinion of man, based on who-knows-what. If tradition cannot corroborate or reinforce Scripture, of what real value is it? And if it creates a rabbit-trail narrative not found in Scripture, it becomes something that clouds the water and is not a clarifier, and is, therefore, not at all useful.

      When HaShem leaves something blank, man should not attempt to flesh it out with what is nothing more than conjecture. Hope this helps. Blessings!

  • I love to study this book. How sad to see the Divine Presence leave the Temple. I agree with Dianne the study of Ezekiell, Daniel, and The Book of Revelation are rich with prophecy and such hope.

  • it is so wonderful to have this resource available to help study the wonderful Word of God. Something I never realized when I have read these passages before was that it represent the Divine Presence following the Jewish people into exile.

    • Mary Ann I feel as you do, what a blessing this is for us isn't it! It's like the Word of G-d really coming alive.

  • I love studying Ezekiel, Daniel, and the book of Revelations. These books are very symbolic and prophetic.
    As told by a Rabbi, I am from the bloodline of Lamech. Where may I find more information about Lamech?
    I know he was the father of Noah. Onward to Zion! Shalom!

    • Lamech, farther of Noah, was the eighth generation descendant of Adam. Unfortunately, the Bible does not tell us much more than that about him.

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