Ezekiel is called to be a prophet. He will speak in the name of the LORD God, whether people listen or not. He is given his message.
Son of man. The Hebrew word is bben-adam. It was a formalized way of saying “man.” In the Book of Ezekiel, the LORD God addresses Ezekiel 93 times with this term.
I will speak with you. The LORD God wants to communicate with Ezekiel.
VERSE 2. The Spirit entered into me when he spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard him who spoke to me.
NASB translation. As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.
the Spirit entered me. Ezekiel is given an extra portion of the Holy Spirit. This gives Ezekiel power and courage.
In the Old Testament era the Holy Spirit did not necessarily dwell within all believers. Rather, the Holy Spirit was given to select people on a temporary basis, so they can fulfill their calling.
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set me on my feet. The Holy Spirit helps us stand up.
Many of us need to learn to stand up … for ourselves. If we’re not rising to our feet and taking our stand, ask God the Father for more of the Holy Spirit.
I heard Him speaking to me. For many people, their prayer-life consists of talking. They talk to God. That’s wonderful. However, listening is at least as important as talking.
VERSE 3. He said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me even to this very day.
I send you. The LORD God calls Ezekiel to be a prophet.
VERSE 4. The children are impudent and stiff-hearted. I am sending you to them, and you shall tell them, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says.’
impudent and stiff-hearted. That is, “hard of face and obstinate” (NAB translation).
This is what the Lord GOD says. Ezekiel is to speak in the name of the LORD God.
VERSE 5. They, whether they will hear, or whether they will refuse, for they are a rebellious house, yet they will know that there has been a prophet among them.
whether they will hear, or … refuse. Whether they listen to him or not, Ezekiel is to keep at it.
VERSE 6. You, son of man, don’t be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you, and you dwell among scorpions. Don’t be afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.
don’t be afraid of them. No matter what happens, Ezekiel is to not be afraid.
The Bible often tells us to not be afraid. This is very important for all believers. But especially for prophets. Any anyone who practices the Ministry of Evangelism.
briers and thorns. This is a way of saying Ezekiel will face formidable challenges.
you dwell among scorpions. This is another way of saying Ezekiel will face formidable challenges.
Don’t be afraid of their words. Doubtless people will shout back at Ezekiel. But he is to not be afraid of that they say.
nor … their looks. Doubtless people will glare at Ezekiel and make threatening gestures. But he is to not be afraid of what he sees.
VERSE 7. You shall speak my words to them, whether they will hear, or whether they will refuse; for they are most rebellious.
VERSE 8. But you, son of man, hear what I tell you. Don’t be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth, and eat that which I give you.”
NAB translation. As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you: not rebellious like this house of rebellion, but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you.
obey me. Ezekiel’s primary task is to obey the calling of the LORD God. And for us, as Christian disciples, that is our primary task too.
when I speak to you. Whatever the LORD God tells Ezekiel to do, that is what he must do.
VERSE 9. When I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me; and, behold, a scroll of a book was in it.
VERSE 10. He spread it before me. It was written within and without; and lamentations, mourning, and woe were written in it.
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