- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 3
After seeing prophetic vision with living creature, Ezekiel hear the calling from the Lord, “Son of man,” (NIV, KJV), “Mortal man,” (NRSV), and “Human one,” (CEB). It denotes human being generally in contrast to deity. The book of Ezekiel, Son of man is understood in relationship to God, human being in weakness and frailty. The Son of man is Ezekiel’s identity, an agent of God, who are called to speak for God, to do by the power of God. Jesus called himself the Son of man, to specify his humanness in his relationship to God.
Ezekiel was called to go to the house of Israel in general and the people of Israel in exile in specific, and to speak to them. God described Ezekiel’s audience, hardened in heart and obstinate, and rebellious. And God showed him divine power that will lead Ezekiel.
Watchman is the task of Ezekiel for the people of Israel in exile. His responsibility and accountable is expressed along with clear boundary with four hypothetical scenarios. Ezekiel’s call concludes with an uncomfortable limitation of his freedom acted by himself (v.22-26) to show how the people for whom he was sent to are rebellious.
Ezekiel’s task is so hard that he couldn’t do it by himself. However, Ezekiel, Son of man, will become the divine mouth. He will speak for God whenever, and only when, the Lord has something to say. Symbolic act of it is eat the scroll from God (2:8-9)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?