Ezekiel saw God in His
great glory and fell down upon his face. There and then the spirit (of God)
entered into him and set him upon his feet. A voice told him that he was being
sent to the people of Israel-a nation of rebels – they and their fathers had
been unfaithful to God. The Israelites were impudent / stubborn, but he should
speak to them. With God’s authority, he should tell them: “Thus says the
Lord God …” Whether they would hear or not, they would know that a
prophet had risen among them. As for Ezekiel himself he must not be afraid of
them / their words. Though they were briers / thorns / scorpions, he must not
rebel like them. (He was then ordered to open his mouth and eat what was
offered him) and a scroll was given to him to eat. He ate it, and it tasted
like honey. God reminded Ezekiel that though, the people of Israel were
stubborn and hard-hearted, He had made Ezekiel’s face harder than those of the
Israelites. God assured him that though the people of Israel were stubborn and
hard-hearted, He had made Ezekiel’s face harder than those of the Israelites.
Ezekiel should not be dismayed by their looks, but should receive ail the words
/ instructions of God in his heart / with his ears. He should then get to the
exiles and prophesy to them,  

Lessons from Ezekiel’s experiences, 

  •  God
    commissions people for service, 
  • God equips man for service. God
    does not send without equipment 
  • God can make use of anyone no
    matter his background, 
  • The message from God must be digested /
    clearly understood at the time of the commissioning, 
  • The message must be
    delivered no matter the level of opposition / confrontation, 
  • God’s
    word is delightful.