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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Ezekiel Chapter 2

he prophet is directed what he is to do. (1-5) And encouraged to be resolute, faithful, and devoted. (6-10)

Verses 1-5: Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of the revelations, he is put in mind that still he is a son of man, a weak, mortal creature. As Christ usually called himself the Son of man, it was also an honourable distinction. Ezekiel's posture showed reverence, but his standing up would be a posture of greater readiness and fitness for business. God will speak to us, when we stand ready to do what he commands us. As Ezekiel had not strength of his own, the Spirit entered into him. God is graciously pleased to work in us whatever he requires of us. The Holy Spirit sets us upon our feet, by inclining our wills to our duty. Thus, when the Lord calls upon the sinner to awake, and attend to the concerns of his soul, the Spirit of life and grace comes with the call. Ezekiel is sent with a message to the children of Israel. Many might treat his message with contempt, yet they should know by the event that a prophet had been sent to them. God will be glorified, and his word made honourable, whether it be a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death.

Verses 6-10: Those who will do any thing to purpose in the service of God, must not fear men. Wicked men are as briers and thorns; but they are nigh unto cursing, and their end is to be burned. The prophet must be faithful to the souls of those to whom he was sent. All who speak from God to others, must obey his voice. The discoveries of sin, and the warnings of wrath, should be matter of lamentation. And those acquainted with the word of God, will clearly perceive it is filled with woe to impenitent sinners; and that all the precious promises of the gospel are for the repenting, believing servants of the Lord.

 


David Burnette's Life Application


The Lord's Call

 

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the Book of Ezekiel with Chapter 2. In our text today we see God calls Ezekiel to go tell the people of God His Message. In making application we see that the Lord still calls His Children to tell others the Good News of Jesus-Christ and to preach or proclaim the Word of the Lord. Today, all Christians have a part in this calling as the Lord has instructed all who have been saved to tell everyone of how to be saved. How about you? Have you responded to the Call of the Lord? Let us learn from out text today and the example of Ezekiel to see that the Lord has called all of us to share the Gospel with every person in the world.  

 

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Ezekiel 2

Ezekiel 2

 1And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

 2And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

 3And 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.

 4For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

 5And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

 6And 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.

 7And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

 8But 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.

 9And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

 10And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.