Ezekiel 2:1-7 – “Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!” 2 As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me. 3 Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4 “I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ 5 “As for them, whether they listen or not — for they are a rebellious house — they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 “And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. 7 “But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.” NASU
I have found times in my life when the LORD instructed me to deliver a message that I knew would not be well received by my audience. It was not pleasantries or platitudes but a challenge from the Spirit of God over a condition or a call to action. Ezekiel was called of God and his assignment was not an enviable one for anyone who wants peace and has even a smidgen of love in their hearts for people. God told Ezekiel that He was sending the prophet to a rebellious people, a stubborn people who were obstinate. Does that sound like an assignment you’d relish being given? Not me! I know what it is like to stand in the middle of the proverbial stream and everyone wanting to go with the current and the Spirit of God having me declare, “NO! Not that way this way.” Going against the current is not the easy path and will meet much resistance and opposition but if that is what God says, that is what God wants, and the prize is not downstream but up.
Then God tells him, “neither fear them nor their words…” Okay, God, I have learned from experience and from reading your word that when you say DO NOT FEAR there is something to fear. There is something that potentially can do harm. There is something I will face that will be difficult and might make me want to concede and go with the flow. LORD, when you so “do not fear,” my flesh says, “be afraid, be very afraid.” If he had simply said, DO NOT FEAR it might not be so bad but he goes on to say, “…though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions…” WHAT? Wait a minute God that sounds like severe persecution and physical as well as spiritual pain. It’s about that time, we begin to say, “Lord, I’m not qualified…” We try to pull a Moses on God and offer our excuses as to why we cannot fulfill His commission. However, God will not be deterred and we might have a Jonah experience and our only deliverance and theirs is for us to OBEY.
There is a truth in God that would behoove us to consider. If God tells us to WARN people it is our responsibility to give that warning often in tears. It is not our responsibility to make them repent. That is totally and completely their decision and choice. But, if we fail to warn them and fail to sound the alarm then we become guilty of their failure. We are messengers, He is God of the message! We convey the message and He brings conviction to the heart. Today’s church has largely lost the voice and office of the prophet of God declaring God’s “Thus Says the Lord.” When the Church goes silent evil prevails and I am praying for the voice of God to be heard loudly in our churches again so that we might hear His still small voice saying, “This is the way walk in it.”
God help us to return to You so that You might return to us and restore us! Abundant Blessing is my desire and prayer for each of your lives.