Ezekiel was born during the reign of Josiah, as Jeremiah was preaching about reformation and the King was cleansing the Temple. Ezekiel was born the son of a priest and was most likely trained from an early age to know the Law (especially since Josiah had just found the book of the Law and reformed the Temple) and the rituals of the priestly sacrifices. As this young priest-in-training grew up, he watched the heat of reform grow colder and fires of Jeremiah’s preaching grow hotter. At 25 years of age he was taken with the first wave of exiles, along with King Jehoiachin, to Babylon. Ezekiel’s ministry took place completely in the foreign country of Babylon, among the exiled Jews.

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