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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel 2: Ezekiel's Call to Be a Prophet


[Preliminary Comment: The amazing vision of chapter one is simply the precursor to Ezekiel's calling. He is told that the task is difficult because of the nature of his people that he will be speaking to. Perhaps the vision was so amazing so that Ezekiel could never forget this calling, so awesome was it, and perhaps he is given it because of the difficulty of the task before him. Whereas Jeremiah, prophesying at the same time but in Jerusalem, has the task of turning the people back to God to avert the coming crisis, Ezekiel's task, with similar warnings, is perhaps to start turning the hearts of the first exiles for a long-term transformation so that eventually they can – after bring changed – be returned to their land.]

v.1,2 Ezekiel Spirit-empowered

v.3-5 He is sent to a rebellious people

v.6-8 Challenge to be obedient and not afraid

v.9,10 He is given a scroll


v.1,2 Ezekiel Spirit-empowered


v.1 He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” 

v.2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 


[Notes: The One on the throne addresses Ezekiel directly, commanding him to stand up and imparts His Spirit to him.]



v.3-5 He is sent to a rebellious people


v.3   He 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. 

v.4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says.' 

v.5  And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 


[Notes: The Lord sends him to his own people but warns hi that they have always been rebellious and are still obstinate and stubborn. It's not his responsibility whether they listen or refuse to listen; the truth is they will know that they had had a prophet from God in their midst and [by implication] will have no excuses.]



v.6-8 Challenge to be obedient and not afraid


v.6  And 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. 

v.7   You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 

v.8   But 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.” 


[Notes: Three times the Lord tells him not to be afraid – of them, of the difficult circumstances or what they say. He is to ensue he speaks all God gives to him.]



v.9,10 He is given a scroll


v.9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 

v.10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.


[Notes: He is handed a scroll of upset – lament, mourning, woe. That is the nature of his message to his people.]



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