Monday, July 29, 2013

This Is What Jehovah Says

Ezekiel 2:1-10 NIV

Ezekiel’s Call to Be a Prophet

1He said to me, “Son of man,a stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” 2As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me.

3He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against Me to this very day. 4The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is What the Sovereign Lord says.’ 5And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.7You must speak My Words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8But you, son of man, listen to What I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat What I give you.”

9Then I looked, and I saw a Hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10which He unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written Words of lament and mourning and woe.

The second and third chapters of Ezekiel contain the direct commission conveyed to Ezekiel in connection with the vision just recorded in the first chapter. The commission was repeated more than once, at what intervals of time we are not told. The communication is from without the vision and the Words are from God.

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