The Prophet's Call

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Call of the Prophet

Ezekiel 1:28 ESV
Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
Here Ezekiel is encounter God … the likeness of a man … we will zoom through his call and touch on some topics of interest
Ezekiel 2:1–5 ESV
And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.
here is something .... ben adam .... son of man is something we will see over and over in this book; in the immediate context it shows that the prophet is human, a mortal … in the gospels Jesus uses it a lot - reminding that he is fully human (and fully God).. it is also a mark in the gospel of the prophetic nature of Jesus as well as being something from Daniel 7..
He also says that they and their fathers have transgressed … remember Zeke is in the second wave of captivity, but the people in Jerusalem have not repented...

Standing in the Council

Called to his role by a divine encounter, this as I have said is a pattern, some say prophets are never wrong but some prophecy is conditional ..
Jeremiah 23:16–22 ESV
Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’ ” For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened? Behold, the storm of the Lord! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly. “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.
the divine encounter starts in Eden and continues
in Job one there is a council but look at this in Job 15: 7-8
Job 15:7–8 ESV
“Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills? Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
And this from Jeremiah 23: 16-22
Jeremiah 23:16–22 ESV
Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’ ” For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened? Behold, the storm of the Lord! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly. “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.
now to Ezekiel 2: 6
Ezekiel 2:6 ESV
And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.
Ezekiel 2:7–8 ESV
And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house. “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
before we break this down, note that this has all been in preparation for the scroll he must eat...
which is odd since most calls give promises of divine presence, reassurance, and so on.... Zeke gets to eat a scroll — it could be that the thorns etc are protection for the prophet… nevetheless
Ezekiel 2:9–10 ESV
And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.
so what does he do
Ezekiel 3:1–3 ESV
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.
where is this? throne room and don’t worry about the physics.. notice don’t just take a bite eat the entire scroll; God’s word is being deposited in the prophet.. be careful not to be too literal here,,, see Job 15:2
Job 15:2 ESV
“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Proverbs 18:20 ESV
From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
Proverbs 18:21 ESV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
this is a place where being too literal destroys the message that is presented...
so Ezekiel 3: 4-6
Ezekiel 3:4–6 ESV
And he said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them. For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel— not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you.
there is holy sarcasm here....and the prophet is sent and look at this...
Ezekiel 3:7–11 ESV
But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.” Moreover, he said to me, “Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears. And go to the exiles, to your people, and speak to them and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear or refuse to hear.”
to the house of Isreal and the exiles… this can be all descended from Jacob or the northern tribes
Jeremiah 31:31 ESV
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
this is both, Eze is talking to Judah or the descendents still there … 83 times house of Isreal
Ezekiel 3:12 ESV
Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice of a great earthquake: “Blessed be the glory of the Lord from its place!”
still part of the divine encounter .. earthquakes don’t speak ..still in the throne room
Ezekiel 3:12–15 ESV
Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice of a great earthquake: “Blessed be the glory of the Lord from its place!” It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of a great earthquake. The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the Lord being strong upon me. And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling. And I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.
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