Why Does God Call Ezekiel “Son of Man”?

The Son of Man and Son of Man have two different meanings in the Bible. Do you know the difference? Eekiel is Son of Man, but Jesus' was The Son of Man. Read why

By Petal Mashraki
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published November 16, 2021.

The prophet Ezekiel features in the Old Testament. The Hebrew prophet is acknowledged by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He was the son of Buzi and a descendent of the priestly family Zadok.

How is "Son of Man" Different from Jesus' Title "The Son of Man"?

Son of Man: This is a regular expression for humankind, son of Adam or Adam, the first man. This phrase appears in the Old Testament without the word "the" preceding it.

The Son of Man: The Messiah destined to preside over the final judgment of humankind. In the New Testament, Jesus refers to himself as the son of man, connecting Him to Daniel 7:13-14, where the Messiah is referred to as the son of man. This makes it clear that Jesus will fulfill Daniel's prophesy.

Why is the Priest Ezekiel Called Son of Man?

The phrase "son of man" is mentioned 107 times in the Old Testament, and 93 of those times appear in the Book of Ezekiel. In the Bible, it is a more common term than The son of man.

Ezekiel is never called the son of man, but only son of man, without the definite article "the". Son of man means that Ezekiel is "one among many".

Ezekiel is called son of man to emphasize that although he has prophetic abilities, he is "just" a human compared to God's all-encompassing power. The term helps point out that Ezekiel and all mankind have human limitations. From this, we understand that Ezekiel is not the Messiah.