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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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.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
STANLEY's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment on 4/02/2015, 8:30am...
CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF PICKING AND CHOOSING AND TAKING WORDS OUT OF CONTEXT. THIS CHAPTER IS TO, SPECIFICALLY, EZEKIEL! DON 'T CLAIM IT FOR YOURSELF UNLESS YOUR WILLING TO CLAIM V: 24 AND 25 ALSO. YOU ARE THE THE ONE GOD IS SPEAKING TO IN THIS CHAPTER YOUR READING EZEKIEL 'S MAIL. DON 'T GRAB WHAT SOUNDS GOOD TO YOU AND REJECT THE REST. THE NEW TESTAMENT IS FULL OF MAIL TO YOU GO THERE AND OBEY GRACE.
Diesel's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment on 3/08/2015, 1:48pm...
THIS CHAPTER IS TELLING US TO WARN PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR WICKED DOING, LIKE WORSHIPPING ON SUNDAY WHICH IS SATAN DAY FOR WORSHIP. KEEPING PAGAN HOLIDAYS SUCH AS EASTER, CHRISTMAS, HALLOWEEN, THANKSGIVING, NEW YEARS, ETC. YAHUAH HAS CELEBRATION DAYS ESTABLISHED IN THE SCRIPTURES, THESE ARE THE ONES WE MUST KEEP. SHALOM
Andrew's Ezekiel Chapter 3 comment about verse 20 on 3/01/2015, 8:43pm...
Final state of a man determines his faith No past righteousness will ever compensate for later apostasy.
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