A Treck through Ezekiel
During the summer months, I find it easier and exciting to read through the Bible in a more structured way. The past two summers, I have attempted Isaiah and Jeremiah, and now I am on to Ezekiel. I know there is much more in regards to context, history, etc. than what I will uncover, but I always walk away with a renewed understanding of God – His judgment, but also His patience and forgiveness.
As I began today in the first six chapters, the warnings to Israel are bleak. There seems to be little to no hope for the house of Israel who has time and time again fallen to idolatry and a hardened heart. There must be judgment, and God uses Ezekiel to warn the people.
I learn much from these chapters – first, God uses pictures to tell His story. Chapter 1 with the vision of the wheels, the fire, the animals with multiple faces; chapter 3 with the tile drawing of Jerusalem and the diet of Ezekiel (I better understand why Ezekiel bread is the way it is); chapter 6 with the burning of the shaved hair from Ezekiel’s head. So many ways God chooses to illustrate the way he will handle the house of Israel. He is so visual.(For us who needs simple pictures to better understand His message)
The lesson I most learn from these chapters is that God had a particular job for Ezekiel…He wanted it done in a very specific way…He wanted Ezekiel to speak and move only as He instructed Ezekiel to do so. (2:7; 3:7, 11) It was all in His timing, not Ezekiel’s. God also reminds Ezekiel that the people are impudent and hardhearted, but Ezekiel was to share the message any way. Ezekiel was not to fear their words or looks.
Ezekiel 2: 3-7
Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. “I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ “As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. “And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. “But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.
Ezekiel so far has followed exactly as God instructed, regardless of the consequences or the inconvenience. Lord, help me to speak when you want me to speak, move when you want me to move, respond with the words you would have for me to use.