Studies in Ezekiel — Ezekiel 3:1-11
S – W – E – E – T
See: Rev. 10:9-10; Ps. 1:2, 19:10; Heb. 12:28-29; Rms. 10:8; Deut. 6:7-9; 2 Peter 1:10
Son of man – v. 1 – The prophet is reminded of his calling with his title. We are children of Adam. We are sons and daughters of Adam, and we may be rejoined to the family of God through the Son of God.
Word – v. 1.- See Ezekiel 2:8-10. God gives the prophet the word. God is not hiding his word or his will. We should make no mistake today. God’s word for us is an open book, but we must open the book.
Eat – v. 2 – The prophet is to eat the word of God. He is fed of God. So we are given the bread of life, the living word, who is Christ.
Embrace – vs. 3, 10 – It is not enough to eat and forget. The prophet is to take the word into his being. God’s word is for the messenger as well as the recipients. Likewise the exiles are to take the word to heart. Sadly they experience exile from God to the extent that they do not embrace the word.
Tell — vs. 1, 4 – God is very clear. If the prophet does not tell the word, he must suffer. See verses 17 and 18. It is a word that is to be told, if they people believe it or not.
Exemplary story: Once when I was visiting the natural food store I consulted a clerk about a specific remedy. The clerk suggested that I might try “Swedish Bitters.” That potent worked as a homeopathic remedy. It would taste sweet and bitter, but it would work with one’s body chemistry to improve digestive health. God’s word was sweet and bitter, but it had a curative power that the people of Israel needed to bring them out of spiritual exile.