Ezekiel 2

* The prophet is directed what he is to do. (1-5) And encouraged

to be resolute, faithful, and devoted. (6-10)

1-5 Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of the

revelations, he is put in mind that still he is a son of man, a

weak, mortal creature. As Christ usually called himself the Son

of man, it was also an honourable distinction. Ezekiel's posture

showed reverence, but his standing up would be a posture of

greater readiness and fitness for business. God will speak to

us, when we stand ready to do what he commands us. As Ezekiel

had not strength of his own, the Spirit entered into him. God is

graciously pleased to work in us whatever he requires of us. The

Holy Spirit sets us upon our feet, by inclining our wills to our

duty. Thus, when the Lord calls upon the sinner to awake, and

attend to the concerns of his soul, the Spirit of life and grace

comes with the call. Ezekiel is sent with a message to the

children of Israel. Many might treat his message with contempt,

yet they should know by the event that a prophet had been sent

to them. God will be glorified, and his word made honourable,

whether it be a savour of life unto life, or of death unto

6-10 Those who will do any thing to purpose in the service of

God, must not fear men. Wicked men are as briers and thorns; but

they are nigh unto cursing, and their end is to be burned. The

prophet must be faithful to the souls of those to whom he was

sent. All who speak from God to others, must obey his voice. The

discoveries of sin, and the warnings of wrath, should be matter

of lamentation. And those acquainted with the word of God, will

clearly perceive it is filled with woe to impenitent sinners;

and that all the precious promises of the gospel are for the

repenting, believing servants of the Lord.

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