3 The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. 3 “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 Then he said, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel and give them my messages. 5 I am not sending you to a foreign people whose language you cannot understand. 6 No, I am not sending you to people with strange and difficult speech. If I did, they would listen! 7 But the people of Israel won’t listen to you any more than they listen to me! For the whole lot of them are hard-hearted and stubborn. 8 But look, I have made you as obstinate and hard-hearted as they are. 9 I have made your forehead as hard as the hardest rock! So don’t be afraid of them or fear their angry looks, even though they are rebels.”
10 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. 11 Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.”
12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a loud rumbling sound behind me. (May the glory of the Lord be praised in his place!)[a] 13 It was the sound of the wings of the living beings as they brushed against each other and the rumbling of their wheels beneath them.
14 The Spirit lifted me up and took me away. I went in bitterness and turmoil, but the Lord’s hold on me was strong. 15 Then I came to the colony of Judean exiles in Tel-abib, beside the Kebar River. I was overwhelmed and sat among them for seven days. ~ Ezekiel 3:1-15
Man I LOVE this!!! Look at verse 1 — God say eat, but the key is God fed it to him. This is so important to understand in our walk with the Lord and with our calling to GO out to the ends of the earth. Then jump down to verse 10 God tells Ezekiel to take him time and allow the words to sink down in his own heart first, then go… Why did God say this? God wanted to use Ezekiel but he knew that Ezekiel would have to have the same heart as he did, have the same eyes for the people as he did, have the same passion for the ones in exile has he did. This comes with understanding, the burden becomes our burden once we understand God’s heart in it. I can see God’s frustration with the people, he says “they won’t listen to you, just like they didn’t listen to me” — man I love that God said this!!! HE NEVER GIVES UP trying to rescue us!!!
Check out verse 14-15 – 14 The Spirit lifted me up and took me away. I went in bitterness and turmoil, but the Lord’s hold on me was strong. 15 Then I came to the colony of Judean exiles in Tel-abib, beside the Kebar River. I was overwhelmed and sat among them for seven days. ~ Ezekiel 3:1-15
Ezekiel says he was in turmoil and bitterness — He was stressed about doing this but he also said “the Lord’s hold on me was STRONG” – if God’s calls you, God will enable you. The secret of being all has called us to be is doing EVERYTHING with him, by his instructions, his way. Man if very prideful and only gets in the way of God’s plan, we usually start making it about “us”. I spend years as lead pastor of 2 different churches and it was so easy to make it about me…. I did this, I did that…. they love me, they follow me, they listen to me….it is sickening!!! Bottom line I AM NOTHING without Him!!!
God has called each one of us…God will enable each one of us, ONLY SPEAK what HE tells you to speak, and ONLY go when He tells you to GO!!
Now go out and have an EPIC day today!! Tomorrow I will finish up with chapter 3