-After the spectacular demonstration with the storm wind in chapter one, God now speaks His prophetic Word as Divine revelation unto Ezekiel. He tells him to stand on his feet, and as he did the Holy Spirit entered him as God spoke (Ezekiel 2:1-2). Ezekiel is sent by God to the sons of Israel, who were in captivity in Babylon. They are described as a rebellious people, they and their fathers, who have rebelled and transgressed against their Maker up until the present time. The LORD further describes them as stubborn and obstinate children who need a Word from the LORD. He warns that they may not listen, but they will surely know that a prophet has been among them. Ezekiel is commanded not to fear them nor their words “nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house (Ezekiel 2:3-7).” Ezekiel is further commanded to listen to what He is speaking and not to be rebellious himself, and then open his mouth and eat what God is giving him. As the prophet looked, a hand was extended to him with a scroll in it. When the LORD spread it out before His prophet, it had writing on it front and back with the words “lamentations, mourning, and woe (Ezekiel 2:8-10).”
-*Application* Surely God sees our actions and rightly assesses who we really are. Would He consider you rebellious, stubborn, obstinate, cowardly, negligent, or disobedient person? Hopefully not, but this is certainly a wake-up call if we have been guilty of some of these qualities. If we desire to avoid our own lamentations, mourning, and woe, we need to take action to revere the LORD and follow His ways whole-heartedly.
Verses to Memorize: Ezekiel 2:4-7