Good morning! We’ve hit Ezekiel… wow…
Ezekiel 1 – 5
What a way to start of… A dream about some creatures spiritually linked to what looked like wheels… How did the chapter end though? With Ezekiel seeing the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord (it had to be the appearance because no man can see the full glory of God without dying) – His response? To fall before the Lord.
This is a really interesting book with vivid imagery. for example…
– Ezekiel wasn’t just commanded to speak God’s word but he was told to eat the scroll with God’s Words on it so that he would only speak the word of the Sovereign Lord.
– The Spirit of the Lord picked him up and took him to the exiles. How did Ezekiel feel about this? He went “…in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the Lord upon me…”
God commands Ezekiel to live out His words and be an example to the nation of Israel because of their detestable idols. He commands Ezekiel to say his words, even if they are rejected by Israel. What a hard job… to proclaim a message that is double edged – hope if they repent, destruction and doom if they harden their hearts.
One thing that I thought was interesting – verse 16 – 21. Its about Ezekiel being the watchman that proclaims the danger to come so that the people will see their evil ways. The thing I thought was interesting was that if Ezekiel failed to warn a wicked man, that Ezekiel would have been held accountable for his blood… What I was wondering was where do we fit in post-Jesus – are we held accountable before God for failing to speak up about Jesus? Just to put it out there, we don’t want to share the truth of Jesus as a guilt motivation. Any thoughts…?