Archive for November 12th, 2013

Ezekiel 2

Ezekiel 2 begins with a direct conversation with God.  “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you”.  Can you imagine having God talk to you that way – just a conversation with the Creator and Ultimate Judge of the Universe?  Ezekiel gets up and “the Spirit entered into me” is what he records.  God’s Spirit is in us to help us converse with God.  We don’t have to know the words.  We just need to come to His throne.  We may never hear the audible conversation like Ezekiel does, but we can have a conversation with God whenever we want.  We just need to take the time and approach Him so we can have it.

God’s discussion was about His people “who have rebelled against me”.  God goes on to tell Ezekiel “they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day”.  So the problems are not all based on the past – they are based on their current actions too. God calls them “impudent and stubborn” which is a great way to define what happens when we sin.  We make stupid choices and go brain dead – not considering the costs.  He calls them rebellious and warns Ezekiel they likely will refuse to hear.  Sounds a lot like people today, doesn’t it?  May even sound like you and me.

God’s plan is to have Ezekiel speak truth that “they will know that a prophet has been among them”.  God’s desire is that they hear the truth whether they want to or not, or whether they will listen or not.  He wants his man to speak it and instructs Ezekiel to go without fear and tell them what God has said.  God does warn that they may not be all that receptive.  We often don’t want to hear truth when it challenges what we are doing or what we think.  Ezekiel’s message will be in their face and not what they want to hear.

But God promises to be with Ezekiel, and asks him to “open your mouth and eat what I give you”.  And when Ezekiel looked, “a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it”.  God made sure Ezekiel got the straight truth.  No interpretation required – God wrote it down and presented it to him directly.  God has done much the same for us.  Not on a scroll, but definitely in a Book.  We need to take His Word and receive it, read it, study it, meditate on it, and live it.  It is the key to living well with God.  Are you in His Word every day?

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