When was the last time you preached Ezekiel? Not from Ezekiel, but Ezekiel. Not Ezekiel 16 and God’s graphic castigation of Israel’s spiritual whoredom; not Ezekiel 36 and the promise of a renewed heart and a clean spirit; not Ezekiel 37 and the valley of dry bones; I mean Ezekiel, the whole thing?
If you did decide to preach Ezekiel, where would you try it out? Would it be a trial run in a Sunday School class? Would it be at youth lock-in–you’ve got to be there all night anyways? Would it be to a group of eager seminarians? Or would it be at one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention?
This weekend, a good friend of mine, Grant Gaines, had the opportunity to preach to Bellevue Baptist Church (Memphis, TN), and he delivered an outstanding message. Challenging BBC to see the kingdom of God, he preached the whole book of entitled: “Looking for the Kingdom: The Message of Ezekiel.”
His three points were: There is Sin to be Punished, chapters 1-24; There is an Enemy to be Defeated, chapters 25-32; and There is a Kingdom to be Established, chapters 33-48. His faithful message exemplifies canonical preaching, biblical theology, and a Christocentric hermeneutic. I encourage you to listen to it yourself, to consider his example, and to look for the kingdom–and if you have the chance: Preach Ezekiel!
For more examples of preaching the Bible book-by-book, see Mark Dever’s The Message of the Old Teastament: Promises Made and The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept .
May we all be unashamed to preach Christ from every verse, chapter, and book of God’s inspired Word.
Sola Deo Gloria, dss