Despised, Yet Restored

In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the River Kebar, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
On the fifth of the month – it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin – the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the River Kebar in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the Lord was on him.
Ezekiel 1: 1-3

We are given quite a good description of the time when these first visions came to Ezekiel, but the exact timing is given in relationship to Ezekiel’s age. So we only know the accuracy to within a year, as we are not given the date of Ezekiel’s birth. The accepted time for these events is 593/92 BC. Continue reading “Despised, Yet Restored”