Lamentations 2:1 – Ezekiel 12:20

Today’s  section of scripture finishes out Jeremiah’s Lamentations and begins the book of the prophet Ezekiel.  Ezekiel was a prophet who wrote this book in the mid 500’s while in exile by the Babylonians.  This may sound crazy (given the wealth of scripture in today’s reading), but the thing that stands out to me the most is the phrase, “Son of man.”  This phrase is used over 25 times in today’s portion of Ezekiel.  In fact, Wikipedia.com says that it’s used around 94 times in the Book of Ezekiel.  I had always thought this phase referred to Christ.  I’ve grown up with Matthew 18:11, “For the Son of man is come to save that which is lost. (Luke 19:10)  It’s said that the words, “Son of man” is referring to humans.  In fact the phase was sometimes used to refer to Jesus’ humanness.  In this book of the Bible it’s thought that, though Ezekiel’s name is only mentioned a couple of times, this phase is referring to to him.

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