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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

  • BSP
    Verse 7: We have been commanded to preach God's message no matter what people's responses may be.
  • Stephen Wiggins
    Hafford, yes, "Son of man, eat that thou findest" - that's you and I as we digest the true meaning of Ezekiel.
  • Nateram Roopchand
    You are correct Mattew ch 28 mandate Go into ALL the world and TEACH.......
  • Dan
    Ezekiel 2, in my opinion, is not only stressing the consequences for not obeying the word of GOD, but also stressing to those of us who profess ot be followers of the LORD to share his word with those that need to hear. whether they choose to listen is their choice. BUT, followers of the LORD GOD do not have a choice to be idle. For not sharing the word is not fulfilling the command to minister
  • Hafford E. Cook
    God Almighty tells the prophet Ezekiel to eat a book. In Revelations the prophet (apostle) John is told by King Jesus to eat a book .Could it be a sign to each prophet that the words eaten by each prophet would be a reminder to only speak what they will be told and only that?
  • Joan Travick
    Psalms 91:8, "Only with thine eyes shalt thou see the reward of the wicked and with thine ears shalt thou hear". The word also teaches that if the wicked increase, they increase for the slaughter. And, the FATHER tells us in Psalms 37 to fret not because of evildoers who prosper in their own way, for they shall soon be cut off. HE has already invited the great birds of air to the feast.
  • Trich
    Yes, TRULY, the Israelites, are a peculiar/disobedient/trouble making people. That GOD has chosen for himself, to be called his people. Even though they rebelled.
    . PRAISE
    . THE
    . LORD
    . JESUS
    . CHRIST
    . FOREVER
    . AND
    . EVER
    . AMEN
  • Joyce evangelist Holt
    The pastor spoke on this today, I needed to hear it, I'm in a apartment building, an the tenants in unit above mine, are very rebellious, it's been a year, that they've done very mean an evil vain vindictive things towards me, I pray, praise, give thanks, and been studying the word of god for twenty-two years,never seen nothing like it, it's just horrible and sad, I live alone, but god is with me.

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What did God tell Ezekiel to do as initially He spoke to him?
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