Ezekiel Chapter 3
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.
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Matthew Henry's Ezekiel Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The preparation of the prophet for his work. (1-11) His office, as that of a watchman. (12-2) The restraining and restoring his speech. (22-27)1-11 Ezekiel was to receive the truths of God as the food for his soul, and to feed upon them by faith, and he would be strengthened. Gracious souls can receive those truths of God with delight, which speak terror to the wicked. He must speak all that, and that only, which God spake to him. How can we better speak God's mind than with his words? If disappointed as to his people, he must not be offended. The Ninevites were wrought upon by Jonah's preaching, when Israel was unhumbled and unreformed. We must leave this unto the Divine sovereignty, and say, Lord, thy judgments are a great deep. They will not regard the word of the prophet, for they will not regard the rod of God. Christ promises to strengthen him. He must continue earnest in preaching, whatever the success might be.
12-21 This mission made the holy angels rejoice. All this was to convince Ezekiel, that the God who sent him had power to bear him out in his work. He was overwhelmed with grief for the sins and miseries of his people, and overpowered by the glory of the vision he had seen. And however retirement, meditation, and communion with God may be sweet, the servant of the Lord must prepare to serve his generation. The Lord told the prophet he had appointed him a watchman to the house of Israel. If we warn the wicked, we are not chargeable with their ruin. Though such passages refer to the national covenant made with Israel, they are equally to be applied to the final state of all men under every dispensation. We are not only to encourage and comfort those who appear to be righteous, but they are to be warned, for many have grown high-minded and secure, have fallen, and even died in their sins. Surely then the hearers of the gospel should desire warnings, and even reproofs.
22-27 Let us own ourselves for ever indebted to the mediation of Christ, for the blessed intercourse between God and man; and a true believer will say, I am never less alone than when thus alone. When the Lord opened Ezekiel's mouth, he was to deliver his message boldly, to place life and death, the blessing and the curse, before the people, and leave them to their choice.
Sally Suveges's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment about verse 18 on 2/26/2014, 6:36am...
Our ladies Bible study is having an evangelism study on the Way of the Master This verse came to my mind so true if we do not witness it is like denying our Lord and Savior then He will deny us Thank you I tried to find this in my concordance KJV which has about every word but this search really helped me sincerely Sally
SISTER VENNIECE's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment on 1/30/2014, 5:54pm...
I REALLY LOVE EZEKIEL CAUSE THE LORD GAVE THIS ONE TO ME I HAVE IT ON MY HOUSE WALL WE MUST ALL WAY CALL ON THE JESUS NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE IN HES OUR HELP IN EVERY WAY I LOVE U LORD.
Barbara's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 11/20/2013, 2:54pm...
Who was being told this?
Brianna's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment about verse 18 on 11/12/2013, 2:54pm...
Definitely a scripture that brings out the importance of being an Evangelizer. SO many Christians do not even think of their fellow man, by sharing the wonderful hopes in the Bible. People need to preach about God's name, his kingdom, and what he's going to do to get rid of our suffering! If a Christians fails to do so, the blood of the unrighteous is upon their hands.
Patricia's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment on 11/12/2013, 7:02am...
I am reading the bible through in a year, so far what I have already read has enlightened my mind, body, heart and soul. I am going through some things with my family, and I am a person that is easily intimidated by people. Reading Jeremiah and Ezekiel have really been opening me up to the boldness of God. I'm feeling strengthened and renewed in Christ. Pray for me!!
Christine's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 9/29/2013, 8:50am...
When a verse brings forth tears, it is a verse to claim and hold in our heart, then His healing will come..this is a word for me today and I claim it!
Ed's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment on 3/08/2013, 9:26am...
Amen sister Beth!
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