We too speak God’s Word at times to those who rebel against it, but the fact that they rebel need not discourage us. Ours is to speak.

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 2:1-7

ESV Text: Ezekiel 2:1-7

Ezekiel 2:1–7 (Listen)

Ezekiel’s Call

2:1 And he said to me, “Son of man,1 stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions.2 Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

Footnotes

[1] 2:1 Or Son of Adam; so throughout Ezekiel

[2] 2:6 Or on scorpion plants

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. 5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

     6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 491:
Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit 
On Thy servant now, we pray; 
Let him prove a faithful shepherd 
To Thy little lambs alway. 
Thy pure teaching to proclaim, 
To extol Thy holy name, 
And to feed Thy lambs, dear Savior, 
Make his aim and sole endeavor. 

2. Thou, O Lord, Thyself hast called him 
For Thy precious lambs to care; 
But to prosper in his calling, 
He the Spirit’s gifts must share. 
Grant him wisdom from above, 
Fill his heart with holy love; 
In all weakness be Thou near him, 
In his prayers, Good Shepherd, hear him. 

3. Help, Lord Jesus, help him nourish 
Our dear children with Thy Word 
That in constant love they serve Thee 
Till in heav’n their song is heard. 
Boundless blessings, Lord, bestow 
On his faithful toil below 
Till by grace to him is given 
His reward, the crown of heaven. 


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