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

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

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.

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

5 And 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Commentary for Ezekiel 2

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

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ezekiel 2

  • Lawrence Pounds
    I think Ezekiel is a type of calling for the spirit filled church to speak against the wicked of the world that entices menkind to wax worse in sin and be drunkoff the cares of the sinful nature. This sinful generation is just as pundent and stiffhearted today as 2500 years ago. Whether we are taken captive or by our on lust the world has waxed worse in sins.the wicked not only offer a sin but all flavors of it substances and how they can prosper from the lost souls because of their love for money.
  • Shanaz
    I think Ezekiel is was well equiped with what God was asking Him to do. This is followed by the vision which he had which in some ways is a bit scary but then at the same time reassuring as the likeness of the Glory of God appears to Him.
  • Shooter
    The thing about scripture is its anonymity. The passage is misleading as well. God is sending Ezekiel to a people, not a nation. Who are the real children of Israel is the question.
  • Marceanie WALKER
    God said to stand up and do what he says we should do. And donít worry about what the next man says. Do what I tell you do so you wonít get punch.
  • John Cable
    Here is Ezekiel going to a nation that is set in their ways and God already knew they will not hear him. God let Ezekiel know you are dealing with a generation of people who are fighting their fathersí sins but I still have to reach out to them so I'm sending you Ezekiel. Although they are not going to hear I'm still reaching out because I love my people, because they are set in their sins, I still love them, they have a death ear and I still love them. Speak don't be afraid because I'm with you. That is what God is saying today I'm sending my Pastors, Teachers, Apostles, and my Prophets; although some of you are not going to hear, I'm still going to reach out to you because I love you.
  • Falesi
    In my opinion, Ezekiel Chapter two is a passage which reminds us that if we remain stubborn when we hear God's words, we are bound to regret afterwards and many a time, it becomes too late for us to make amends. God knew that he was sending His Prophet Ezekiel to a stiffhearted people and that is why He mentioned of making Ezekiel's forehead as tough/strong as flint (Eze. 3:9)inorder to speak to the children of Israel.

    However, God also knew that they would not listen to the words of the prophet but in the end, they would then realize that there was a prophet among them. (Eze. 2:5).

    The same thing applies to us today. If we do not listen to God's words through so many gospel channels/media, we will be just like the Jews of old.

    May He help us do that which is right and also have a chance to attain eternal life and be told, WELDONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT...

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What did God tell Ezekiel to do as initially He spoke to him?
  • Work with his hands
  • Kneel
  • Stand up
  • Pray