The primary message in this chapter is to teach His Word no matter what the world might think of it or you. Israel continues to be disobedient to our Father and He is sending Ezekiel to them to tell them HIS Words, not Ezekiel’s.
In the past they have been rebellious, stiff-necked, and stubborn, so the reason for Ezekiel being sent to them.
Ezekiel 2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man,
Son of man, is used exactly 100 times throughout this book and it refers to a human being, not the Son of God. How do we know that? Because there is no article assigned to it, it is not THE son of man.
In the Hebrew, it is written thus: Ben ‘Adam.
stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.
Father likes you to be standing when He talks to you, this is different than when you are worshiping Him.
Ezekiel 2:2 And the spirit entered into me
That would be the Holy Spirit.
when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.
It would be beyond special to have the Father actually speak to us, in a voice that is audible, rather than a special thought passing through our our spirit.
Ezekiel 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.
And we rebel against Him even today. Every time that we commit a sin or a transgression it can be called a rebellion. Israel constantly went after and worshiped the idols of the heathen nations around them and the sexual practices that went along with it.
“Well, we don’t do that in our lives today.”
Really? According to one study, 3 out of 10 men watch porn daily or regularly, about the same ratio for women. That's 50-60 million people. And the ratio is the same for Christian and non-Christian men. What other idols are hidden in your closet? Or mine?
But the whole purpose of Father sending Ezekiel to Israel is to let them know that if they continue to ignore Him and keep living the way that they are, judgment will soon be coming forthwith.
These children of Israel are all 12 Tribes, the house of Judah and the house of Israel. Do you remember who is who? The house of Judah includes the Tribe of Judah and Benjamin. The house of Israel includes the other 10 Tribes.
This letter is written to ALL peoples of the world.
Ezekiel 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted.
Impudent means to turn your face away and stiffhearted is to be hard-hearted. They know what’s right but they enjoy what they’re doing, they like the pleasures they receive from the sins they commit.
I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.
Lord God is particular to this book of Ezekiel and it’s used 214 times and it’s to let Israel know that He is still the sovereign Lord over all and at this present time, Israel is not His people, they are Lo-ammi, not My people.
Lord God means Adonai Yahaveh. Adonai is the Lord’s relationship to the earth, as to carrying out His purposes to the earth. It’s our Lord and His dealings with us, His earthly children.
Never get the big-head and think that we’re better than Israel because we are all human beings and our nature never changes. The instruments and practices, used to commit these sins or transgressions may change, but the intent of the heart never does.
Some people wonder why our Father or the Lord never appears or talks to anyone today and the reason is quite simple: everything that we need to know, to live satisfactory lives in His eyes, has been recorded in this book, by the experiences of all the people written about, in both the Old and New Testaments.
Which gives credence to what I said above...human nature never changes. Given the different environmental and social changes, we are still alike to the point that Father's Word doesn't have to change from one generation to another, whether it be 4004 B.C. or 2018 A.D.
Ezekiel 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,)
Whether they listen, or they don’t…
yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.
Some one that will speak the true words of our Father without blending in the words of man. And whether they listen to this prophet or not, that’s not Ezekiel’s’ concern.
Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
Neither be afraid of their words. They’re not going to like what Ezekiel has to say to them. They’ll probably mock him, make fun of him, and it may get rough at times and it will be hard on Ezekiel, even though Father has his back, because we’re all human and we respond to negative things said about us.
Though briers and thorns be with thee. A figure of speech that refers to the wicked among Israel.
Ezekiel 2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them,
Not the words of men. Not a verse or two on some Sunday morning, followed by a plethora of preacher words, but the words of THE Lord God.
whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
Forbear means to resist. Like putting your hands over your ears so that you don’t hear what’s being said, otherwise, if you do hear, you will be held responsible for not acting on the message given to you.
Ezekiel 2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.
Father is telling Ezekiel to not stop from saying His words, don’t be intimidated by these people, say to them what I have given you to say.
To eat that I give thee means to take it all in and absorb it, in your mind, heart, and soul, much like your stomach and small intestines absorb the nutrients from the food we eat. Take it into your mind and embrace it fully.
Ezekiel 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;
This hand might put you in mind of Daniel 5:5, where the fingers of Father’s hand wrote on the wall:
Ref: Daniel 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. KJV
That scared king Belshazzar so badly that he wet his britches:
Ref: Daniel 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. KJV
Back to Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. KJV
And it was written within and without. That’s a Hebraism that means that it was complete, there was no more room on that scroll to write anything else.
And there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. When Father is preparing to chastise someone, sad songs, mourning and woe’s are sure to follow.
Stay in good standing with the Father as much as you can. Our lives are full, from before dawn ‘til well after sunset, but you have to squeeze out a little time for your spiritual life and Sunday morning doesn’t cut it.
YOU have to make that time and YOU have to pick up that book and begin to read it. Don’t just be a part of a crowd that shows up at some beth-aven on Sunday and go through the motions of what many consider to be worshiping our Father.
It isn’t and you’re better than that.
Father is and has prepared Ezekiel for what he is about to do. You have to understand, too, that there are probably ½ to ¾ of a million people here and when your message to them is doom and destruction, you can better understand what kind of pressure he might be under.
But he will gird up his robe and get it done, with Father’s assistance and guidance helping him. He sure couldn’t do this alone.
You don’t have to do it alone either.
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__24 January 2018__