Ezekiel 2-3

After Ezekiel’s incredible and glorious vision, the LORD appeared to him and told him to speak and prophesy to the nation of Israel. What stands out in these passages for us as application {my intent with this study is not to provide a full exegetical commentary, but to highlight certain things that might help you understand this prophet and apply it to your life today} is the LORD’s reminder to Ezekiel that he should not be afraid to speak His words {2:6-7}. We must remember that when we preach the gospel, the LORD is with us. The opposition will be fierce, like it was in Ezekiel’s day. But God gives grace to sustain us and all the results of our preaching we should leave to Him. Yes, we must preach. And yes, we must pray. But it is God who draws people to Him by the Spirit, through the Word {Romans 1:5-6, 16-17}. So, preach and have discussions with unbelievers that you know and let them see Christ in you, the hope of glory {Colossians 1:27}. And rest in His ability to open the eyes of those who are blind {2nd Corinthians 4:1-6}.

Secondly, we will see that the message of God’s grace is bittersweet. It is a message of doom and destruction, yet it is full of grace as well. The LORD commanded Ezekiel to eat a scroll which was covered with words of lamentation, mourning, and woe {2:10}. Yet, as Ezekiel ate it, it tasted sweet to him {3:3}. It appears that this “meal” had two meanings: 1} God’s Word would sustain and support Ezekiel as he went out and preached the hard message to the nation of Israel and the nations. 2} Despite being a “bearer of bad news” and preaching a message of judgment, Ezekiel would find satisfaction as God’s messenger. He would delight in doing the work of the Lord {see Jeremiah 15:16; Colossians 3:23; Hebrews 13:17}. So, we must ask ourselves: Are we serving the LORD with joy? Do we delight to share the message of the gospel? Does are heart rejoice to do His work? Read Deuteronomy 28:47-48 for some sobering words about serving the LORD gladly {see also Psalm 100:2}.

In the last part of chapter 3, we see that Ezekiel must preach the message and leave the results to God {3:16-21}. But he must preach. That is the one thing he must do. But he would not do it according to his own terms. The LORD would open and close the prophet’s mouth as He deemed {3:22-27}. For us today, we must preach the gospel message as well. And we must trust the LORD to open doors of opportunity for us to share Christ, in fact, we must pray for opportunities and be faithful to declare it{Ephesians 6:18-20; Colossians 4:2-4}.

Ezekiel has shown us that we must preach the hard message in today’s politically correct post-modern world, we must pray for opportunities, and we must trust God to sustain us in the midst of opposition and leave the granting of salvation to Him, for He is the sovereign One.

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