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“May you and I revere and serve the Lord.” <>< Dona (11/09/20)

Please read Ezekiel 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Ezekiel 1 Theme

Ezekiel is called and sent forth.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You gave Ezekiel visions (v. 1).

Something to think about

The Lord sent His Word to Ezekiel in the form of visions (v. 3). This chapter in Ezekiel 1 parallels Revelation 4. My Bible notes: The “likeness as the appearance of a man” revealed God’s holiness and prepared Ezekiel for what God was about to tell him (v. 26). Ezekiel falls facedown, overwhelmed by the contrast between God’s holiness and his own sinfulness and insignificance (v. 27-28).

Something to experience

We too will one day fall before the Lord, either in reverence and awe due to His mercy or in fear of His judgment of us (v. 28b).  

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 1:1 Now in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

Ezekiel 1:3 The Lord’s word came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the Lord’s hand was there on him.

Ezekiel 1:26 Above the expanse that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone. On the likeness of the throne was a likeness as the appearance of a man on it above. 

Ezekiel 1:27-28 27 I saw as it were glowing metal, as the appearance of fire within it all around, from the appearance of his waist and upward; and from the appearance of his waist and downward I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. 28 As the appearance of the rainbow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around.  This was the appearance of the likeness of the Lord’s glory. When I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One that spoke.

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Ezekiel 2 Theme

Ezekiel hears (v. 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your Spirit raised Ezekiel to his feet (v. 2).  

Something to think about

God gave Ezekiel a message concerning the rebellious nation of Israel (v. 3). Ezekiel was to deliver the message whether the Israelites received or rejected God’s Word (v. 4-5, 7).  God told Ezekiel to not be afraid of the Israelites or what they might say (v. 6).  God told Ezekiel to listen though to what He was saying (v. 8).  A hand stretched out to Ezekiel with a scroll containing words of lament, mourning and woe (v. 9).

Something to experience

Amazingly, though we are just dust, God chose to place within us His life and breath and He wants us to serve Him. We, like Ezekiel, need to be willing and obedient servants.  We need to faithfully do what God has called us to do. God will always give us the strength we need to do His will (v. 2). We are to share the gospel when it is convenient and when it is not. Even when being criticized, we can draw strength from the Lord (v. 6-8).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 2:1 He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” 

Ezekiel 2:2 The Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.

Ezekiel 2:3 He said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me even to this very day.” 

Ezekiel 2:4-5 “The children are impudent and stiff-hearted. I am sending you to them, and you shall tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ They, whether they will hear, or whether they will refuse, for they are a rebellious house, yet they will know that there has been a prophet among them.”

Ezekiel 2:6 “You, son of man, don’t be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you, and you dwell among scorpions. Don’t be afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.” 

Ezekiel 2:7 “You shall speak My words to them, whether they will hear, or whether they will refuse; for they are most rebellious.” 

Ezekiel 2:8 “But you, son of man, hear what I tell you. Don’t be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth, and eat that which I give you.”

Ezekiel 2:9 When I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me; and, behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 He spread it before me. It was written within and without; and lamentations, mourning, and woe were written in it.

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Ezekiel 3 Theme

The scroll (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your Word tasted sweet as honey to Ezekiel (v. 3).

Something to think about

Ezekiel was to digest God’s Word, that is take it to heart, before he shared it (v. 10).  Ezekiel was upset because the Israelites were sinning (v. 14-15). Ezekiel was appointed by God to be a spiritual watchman who was to warn the people of the coming judgment (v. 16-17). Ezekiel could only speak when God had a message for the people (v. 24-27).

Something to experience

When you and I digest, that is take into our heart, God’s Word we can become stronger in our faith and it will sweeten our life.  Then we will be prepared to share it with those around us. We too need to warn those who have turned away from God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 3:1 He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.”

Ezekiel 3:3 He said to me, “Son of man, cause your belly to eat, and fill your bowels with this scroll that I give you.”  Then I ate it; and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.

Ezekiel 3:10 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, receive in your heart and hear with your ears all My words that I speak to you.” 

Ezekiel 3:14-15 14 So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away; and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; and the Lord’s hand was strong on me. 15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel Aviv, that lived by the river Chebar, and to where they lived; and I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.

Ezekiel 3:16-17 16 At the end of seven days, the Lord’s word came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel. Therefore hear the word from My mouth, and warn them from Me. 

Ezekiel 3:24-27 24 Then the Spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet. He spoke with me, and said to me, “Go, shut yourself inside your house. 25 But you, son of man, behold, they will put ropes on you, and will bind you with them, and you will not go out among them. 26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth, that you will be mute, and will not be able to correct them; for they are a rebellious house. 27 But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray Your Word will be received and lived out in each of our lives (Ezekiel 1:2). Lord, I pray we will be filled with Your Spirit (Ezekiel 2:2).  Lord, I pray when a man of God speaks to us, we will listen (Ezekiel 2:5). Lord, I pray we will speak Your Word to others whether they listen or not (Ezekiel 2:7). Lord, I pray we will praise You (Ezekiel 3:12).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I praise the Lord.” <>< Dona