Ezekiel 2* The prophet is directed what he is to do. (1-5) And encouragedto be resolute, faithful, and devoted. (6-10)1-5 Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of therevelations, he is put in mind that still he is a son of man, aweak, mortal creature. As Christ usually called himself the Sonof man, it was also an honourable distinction. Ezekiel's postureshowed reverence, but his standing up would be a posture ofgreater readiness and fitness for business. God will speak tous, when we stand ready to do what he commands us. As Ezekielhad not strength of his own, the Spirit entered into him. God isgraciously pleased to work in us whatever he requires of us. TheHoly Spirit sets us upon our feet, by inclining our wills to ourduty. Thus, when the Lord calls upon the sinner to awake, andattend to the concerns of his soul, the Spirit of life and gracecomes with the call. Ezekiel is sent with a message to thechildren of Israel. Many might treat his message with contempt,yet they should know by the event that a prophet had been sentto them. God will be glorified, and his word made honourable,whether it be a savour of life unto life, or of death untodeath. 6-10 Those who will do any thing to purpose in the service ofGod, must not fear men. Wicked men are as briers and thorns; butthey are nigh unto cursing, and their end is to be burned. Theprophet must be faithful to the souls of those to whom he wassent. All who speak from God to others, must obey his voice. Thediscoveries of sin, and the warnings of wrath, should be matterof lamentation. And those acquainted with the word of God, willclearly perceive it is filled with woe to impenitent sinners;and that all the precious promises of the gospel are for therepenting, believing servants of the Lord.
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