Ezekiel 2 Commentary
The LORD speaks to Ezekiel. The message is not independent of the impossible angelic machinery base of God’s glory that we read about in Chapter 1. The LORD chooses the form of appearance and it always serves a purpose. But we are yet to start unpacking the meaning of the impossible image.
For now, we can sit back and look at the message from the LORD to Ezekiel. It commissions the priest Ezekiel as a prophet to an obstinate and rebellious nation. He will preach but they won’t listen. It cannot be any tougher! Humans are known to drop projects with zero results and here we are with Ezekiel on an impossible mission!
We are stuck right from the start! Chapter 1 gave us an impossible image and we know Ezekiel tried his best! Chapter 2 comes up with yet another impossible task – Ezekiel’s mission. Well, who could have known that the manger-born carpenter was all glory and majesty? And won’t Ezekiel’s impossible mission parallel the Son’s mission that wasn’t impossible at all? Here we are, the sheep of His pasture, and with His righteousness, we match on – a cleansed lot, happy and obedient. It wasn’t mission impossible for the Son!
The LORD commanded Ezekiel to stand up. Probably Ezekiel was lying on the floor at this point. We could also guess he wasn’t able to stand up all by himself as it took the Spirit of the LORD to stand him up. This is important! No man is ever good enough to stand up and be counted before the Holy God. The LORD intervenes and you and I can hear the LORD speak from the right position and in the right posture.
The LORD’s intervention in the New Testament is Calvary. We can now hear the LORD speak.
Ezekiel’s core messages are funeral songs, mourning, and woe. Negative, it sounds but that is what it is. Without Christ, an individual is dead. All else is dead. The world is dead. The gospel is life from this ‘dead’ situation. Let not the gospel look like an alternative lifestyle or just another hobby.
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