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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ezekiel 3

Ezekiel's training

Summary:
So Ezekiel ate the scroll, and it tasted sweet. God told him to speak to Israel - a people he wouldn't have to learn a new language for. Though if God has sent him to another nation, they probably would've listened.

The Spirit lifted Ezekiel up, and Ezekiel wept and was put down in Tel-Aviv and he sat with the exiles there for 7 days, overwhelmed. After 7 days, God told Ezekiel that it was his burden to speak what God told him. If he didn't, the continued sin would be on Ezekiel. If he did say God's word, it didn't matter if the sin was repented from or not, Ezekiel would be clean. God then sent Ezekiel into a plain, where Ezekiel met God and fell facedown. God told Ezekiel that he would be tied up in his house, unable to move or speak, but when it is God's will for him to move or speak, he would be able to.

Key verse:
18. When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.

My thoughts:
When I read this, I think about our burden to speak the gospel to people. The most important thing isn't actually how people respond, but the fact that we share the gospel. If we live our life without sharing the gospel then we ourselves could potentially be culpable for the fate of others.

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