Archive for November 13th, 2013

Ezekiel 3

Ezekiel 3 has the prophet hearing again from God.  “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel…and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey”.  God wants Ezekiel to know His word so he can “go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them”.  God has a very specific plan for Ezekiel to carry out.  He is to go speak truth to God’s people.  God prepares Ezekiel for that task, just like He will you or me when He calls us to take action.  God always equips those He sends.

The territory isn’t going to be friendly.  God sets the expectations this way: “The house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you….have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart….they are a rebellious house”.  God calls Ezekiel to go and tell these people what they should do, but he warns him that they aren’t much for listening.  They are stubborn and rebellious and really don’t want to hear what God thinks.  Sounds a bit like people today here, doesn’t it.  People have always struggled to obey God, clear back to the Garden.  But God never gives up speaking His truth.

So we see God’s faithfulness as He prepares Ezekiel for this task.  “Then the Spirit lifted me up…. the hand of the Lord being strong upon me”.  What God originates, God orchestrates.  He won’t send us unprepared.  We may fail to receive it, but God does His part.  He tells Ezekiel that He has “made you a watchman….whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me”.  Ezekiel doesn’t have to figure out what to say.  He merely needs to share what God tells him.  He is merely the messenger.

The picture is pretty clear what God desires the outcome to be.  Warn the people that they may be saved.  “If you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul”.  We need to carry a similar message to people in our patch today.  If we walk with Christ in obedience and have a personal and saving relationship with Him, we will spend eternity with God in heaven. We have a great message to share.  Are you doing that in your patch today?

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