Summary: A study of Ezekiel chapter 3 verses 5 through 15
Ezekiel 3: 5 – 15
‘What’s for dinner?’ Part 2
“5 For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel, 6 not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted. 8 Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.” 10 Moreover He said to me: “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. 11 And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.” 12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: “Blessed is the glory of the LORD from His place!” 13 I also heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise. 14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.”
There are three things I love to do, no rather there are four; sharing the golden nuggets of God’s Word with hungry believers; street evangelism; and conducting the services at weddings and memorial gatherings.
In the book of Revelation chapter 3 verses 14 through 21 our Lord Jesus Christ points out that He wants people to be cold or hot toward the Gospel. 14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
I have learned in life that there are four types of people; (1) the rich – poor; (2) the poor – poor; (3) the poor – rich; and (4) the rich – rich. The rich/poor are those who are wealthy in this life but do not have the Lord Jesus. They may enjoy the riches of this cursed world now, but this is as good as it will ever get for them. The poor/poor are those who never have heard of the Gospel and also do not have worldly goods. This is the group that Christian ministries make their principal evangelistic outreaches. Then there are the poor/rich group. This group comes from group #2 [poor/pour]. Once you see the effect the goods news of Salvation has taken root in these people, it is a joy to behold. They are now ‘rich’ in knowing that they are right with God and have Him in their lives. Lastly you have the rich/rich group. What may sound unusual is that for the majority of Americans we fall in the last group if we have accepted Jesus Christ as a personal Lord and Savior. If you look at world statistics you will find that America is one of the riches nations of the world. However, our sins now are reaching up to Heaven and we are now experiencing the hand of our God upon our nation to wake us up.