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Passage: Ezekiel 11:22-25

Ezekiel 11:22-25 – The Glory of the Lord Departs from Jerusalem

Summary

In a vision, Ezekiel sees the glory of the Lord depart from Jerusalem on the throne-chariot.

Analysis

The throne-chariot of God is a powerful symbol of God's presence and glory in this book. After seeing the "glory" of God leave the temple in chapter 10, this next passage, which discusses the throne-chariot, has the glory of the Lord leaving the city (11:23). This signals the end of this particular vision, and the Spirit returns the prophet's gaze to the exiles in Babylon (11:24). It is unclear why the glory of the Lord stops at the mountains east of Jerusalem (perhaps the Mount of Olives).