Verse 1 – And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.”
Verse 2 – Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.
This verse proves that we are not strong enough to stand on our own without the Spirit of God. I’m sure there was much that Ezekiel didn’t understand, but he was willing to be obedient to God. By filling Ezekiel with His spirit, Ezekiel would be able to accomplish all that the Lord had for him to do. We too don’t have to understand everything perfectly before we act on what the Lord tells us to do, we just need to be obedient and faithful to His will.
Verse 3 – And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.
Verse 4 – “For they are impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’
Verse 5 – “As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse – for they are a rebellious house – yet they will know that a prophet has been among them.
The measure of Ezekiel’s success would not be how dependent on how well the people responded, but how well he obeyed God and thus fulfilling God’s purpose. Isaiah and Jeremiah also prophesied with little positive response. God’s truth does not depend on whether we respond or not, it’s still truth. Whether we believe there is a God or not, does not change the truth that there is a God.
Verse 6 – “And you son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismay by their looks, though they are a rebellious house. (The word thorns was a standard figure of speech for hostility.)
Verse 7 – “You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious.
Verse 8 – “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
God gave Ezekiel a difficult responsibility. He had to deliver God’s message to a people who didn’t want to hear it. This is how we are to be also: telling the good News of the Gospel whether its convenient or not (2 Timothy 4:2). We are not responsible for how or if they receive it.
Verse 9 – Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it.
Verse 10 – Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.
To devour and eat God’s Words, means to be totally possessed with its content. Ever since I began years ago with reading God’s Word, I could never get enough. It’s always drawing and ever enticing me to act on His ways. His words will literally transform us form the inside out! And that’s why it is called “The Living Word of God!”