|Ezekiel 3 |
1 Moreover he said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go speak to the house of Israel."
2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat the scroll.
3 And he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." Then I ate it; and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 And he said to me, "Son of man, go to the house of Israel, and speak with my words to them.
5 For you are not sent to a people of a strange speech or a difficult language, but to the house of Israel;
6 Not to many people of a strange speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.
7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you, for they will not listen to me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.1
8 Behold, I have made your face strong and hardened against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 Like a hard stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not fear them, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house."
10 Moreover he said to me, "Son of man, all my words that I speak to you, receive in your heart and hear with your ears.
11 And go, get you to those who are in captivity, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' whether they will hear, or whether they refuse."
12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of great rushing, saying, "Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place."
13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them and a noise of a great rushing.
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 those of the captivity at Telabib, who dwelled by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them for seven days.
16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore hear the word from my mouth and give them warning from me.
18 When I say to the wicked man, 'You shall surely die,' and you do not give him warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at your hand [hold you answerable].
19 But if you warn the wicked man, and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have delivered your soul.
20 Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die; since you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but I will require his blood at your hand.
21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he was warned; also you have delivered your soul."
22 And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said to me, "Arise, go out into the plain and I will talk with you there."
23 Then I arose and went out into the plain, and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory which I had seen by the river of Chebar, and I fell on my face.
24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet; and spoke with me and said to me, "Go, shut yourself within your house.
25 But you, O son of man, behold, they will tie you with ropes, and bind you with them, and you cannot go out among them.
26 And I will make your tongue cleave to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute, and not be a reprover to them, for they are a rebellious house.
27 But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house."
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1 the house of Israel will not listen to you, for they will not listen to me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted. The prophets all agree. You must listen to the word of God in your heart and obey it; otherwise all you will receive from God is his wrath. People don't listen, then and now, because they are impudent (boldly disrespectful) and hard-hearted. They stubbornly cling to their own selfish life-style, habits, pleasures, lusts, and affections, with no desire to please their creator, particularly if that means changing something in their life. George Fox said in Letter 2:
"The world would have a Christ, but not to rule over them; the nature of the world chains down Christ in man, until Christ has subdued that nature in man. While the nature of the world rules in man, oh, the deaf ears and blind eyes, and the understandings, that are all shut up among them, with which they judge!"
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