2 “Stand up, son of man,” said the voice. “I want to speak with you.” 2 The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words. 3 “Son of man,” he said, “I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day. 4 They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ 5 And whether they listen or refuse to listen—for remember, they are rebels—at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.
6 “Son of man, do not fear them or their words. Don’t be afraid even though their threats surround you like nettles and briers and stinging scorpions. Do not be dismayed by their dark scowls, even though they are rebels. 7 You must give them my messages whether they listen or not. But they won’t listen, for they are completely rebellious! 8 Son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not join them in their rebellion. Open your mouth, and eat what I give you.”
9 Then I looked and saw a hand reaching out to me. It held a scroll, 10 which he unrolled. And I saw that both sides were covered with funeral songs, words of sorrow, and pronouncements of doom. ~ Ezekiel 2 ~
Speaking to the people in this world is so important, but more important than that is speaking the “right” words. After being in ministry for so many years I have heard some crazy words from so many people and some good people who are just on the wrong track….
God will personally give me and you the right words to say to the right people!! Here in this short chapter God stands Ezekiel up, has his attention and speaks to him, He tell Ezekiel that he is sending him to speak to a people that are hard hearted and rebellious… He say its not up to Ezekiel to determine who to give this message to, who will listen and who will not listen, just give them the message.
For us most of the time a couple things takes place, first we go speak to people without God’s prompting and most importantly without God’s power, word, anointing and blessing. Secondly we judge who will listen and who will not and this is a set up for disaster!
I find this interesting that God tells Ezekiel “…..at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.” my thought is; How will they know? The only answer there I have is because Ezekiel is walking, speaking in the anointing of the living God. Ezekiel KNEW without any second thoughts that this was of God, go back and read Chapter 1 and the experience He had. There are have been times in my life where God has spoken to me to tell someone something, give them a message. I must admit each time there was NO doubt and even though I may have thought it was crazy or they would laugh at me, I KNEW that God had spoken it and it would be or could be LIFE CHANGING!!! And in those moments when I gave the message to someone it was incredible and so very life changing all I could do is stand in AWE!!!
Before we ever take a message to a people we must receive it for God himself…..I am not talking about the Gospel at all, we have that, the Gospel is GOD’S WORD and it’ hold great life changing power. I’m talking about speaking to someone one about the issues of life, issues of heading the wrong direction, etc… We Christians are so quick to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to lives, moral issues, political issues etc… speaking death into people, telling them they are wrong and heading to hell. We may believe that but we best wait upon the Lord and his wisdom and power before we speak out.
God FED Ezekiel personally, gave him the Words to say….”Then I looked and saw a hand reaching out to me. It held a scroll, 10 which he unrolled. And I saw that both sides were covered with funeral songs, words of sorrow, and pronouncements of doom.”
Have you ever had this experience?
Now go out and have an EPIC day today….