Ezekiel Chapter 2:1-10
The Bible says in Ezekiel chapter 2:1-2, And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the Spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. In the first chapter of Ezekiel we saw that there was an emphasis upon going withersoever it is the Spirit goes or in other words doing the will of God. Chapter 2 of Ezekiel goes on to emphasize this same point.
It is interesting to notice that God calls Ezekiel: son of man. This same phrase is often used in the New Testament in reference to Jesus Christ. Jesus said in the gospel of John 6:27, Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed. Jesus called Himself the son of man because even though He is the I am that I am, He associated himself with weak and sinful men being made in their likeness. And especially because his primary association with men was when He associated Himself with the sins of the world when He hung on the cross. Its no wonder Jesus called Himself the son of man; for His eternal work was for the benefit of all mankind.
Ezekiel of course was but a man and a sinner. But perhaps God called him a son of man to remind him that even though he was a prophet and that even though he did not see himself perhaps as a part of that wicket society, he in a sense was still apart of it. It is important when you set out to do whatever God has called you to do that you not only know who God is and what He can do and has promised to do as emphasized in chapter 1 but that you also remember that you too are just a son of man. No man is an island unto himself, but everyone has a work to do for God as sons of men because we are all a part of mankind.
Nextly God said unto Ezekiel, Stand upon thy feet. And I will speak to thee. And the Spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet. The word stand is in an important word in this verse. It is also used in the Old Testament to mean, arise, dwell, and serve. If a person is sitting, he is doing nothing. If he is standing, he has begun to give an effort towards something. God told Ezekiel to stand. This means Ezekiel was to give an effort on his own. And in verse 2 it says that the Spirit entered into him and set him upon his feet. If you give the effort to stand, God will also give the effort. It is the same principle that is taught in the Bible in Romans chapter 9 verse 18 which says, Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth. If you harden your heart, God will harden it too. If you soften your heart God will soften it too. If you stand, God will help you stand. Later on in the book of Ezekiel God even says, I sought for a man among them whom would stand in the gap.
Psalm 111:3 uses the word stand and it says of
God, His work is honorable and glorious: and his righteousness
endureth forever. Here the word stand is translated endureth. To stand means to rise up
against, to be upright, to be steadfast, to hold ones ground, and to become a
servant of. The Bible goes on to say in the last part of verse 2, I heard him that spake unto me.
After Ezekiel stood, then he heard God speak unto him. After the Spirit entered
into him, he heard God speak unto him. God is speaking. In the beginning God
spoke and He said, Let there be light, and there
was light. The question is who is willing to listen. Ezekiel was
willing to listen and therefore the Spirit helped Him to understand. And this
is the message that God gave unto him. Verses 3-7 says, And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the
And the message that God gave was that
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by other nations and brought into captivity and that millions of people often
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Of course God also said to Ezekiel, Neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee. And God also told them to not be afraid of their looks. Some of those who oppose the truth will get angry. Some will even get violent towards the messenger. That is simply the way it is when you dwell among scorpions. We know that Ezekiel was not afraid because the hand of God was upon him and God strengthened him so that he would be able to stand up among the rebellious people and say the truth. But why is it then that many do not eat the Word? The last part of verse 10 says, It was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, mourning, and woe.
If you turn on the TV you can find preachers for a dime a dozen. Some have big churches in which many people attend. They may wear fancy suits or not, but they all preach the same message. But they dont say the things that are true. They might say some things that are true in a very vague way such as give to God and God will bless you. Mostly of course they emphasize the giving of money to their organization as though it was giving to God. But you have to preach the whole truth to not be a false prophet. And you have to eat all that God gives you to eat, otherwise you may just not be following this verse, Thou shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Its every Word.
In the chapters to come in Ezekiel the words written are going to be words of lamentations, mourning, and woe. There will be specific details given about the sins that were committed. This is unlike the false teachers of the world who give a message but do not really say anything of significance. We can see this same example with most politicians. They will give speeches to the people to sooth their itching ears, but they will not give specifics on what needs to be done or on what they plan to do to change things.
To point out the specific problems and sins that need to be repented of and to hear the lamentations and mournings and woes which are the consequences of sin and unrepentance are hard things to hear. People dont like to hear about suffering and judgment, and consequences for sin unless they are people like Ezekiel who will stand up. Yes Jesus died for the sins of the world. But to truly believe that means you must face your sins and be honest about those things which are lamentations, mourning, and woe.
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