Ezekiel 3* The preparation of the prophet for his work. (1-11) Hisoffice, as that of a watchman. (12-2) The restraining andrestoring his speech. (22-27)1-11 Ezekiel was to receive the truths of God as the food forhis soul, and to feed upon them by faith, and he would bestrengthened. Gracious souls can receive those truths of Godwith delight, which speak terror to the wicked. He must speakall that, and that only, which God spake to him. How can webetter speak God's mind than with his words? If disappointed asto his people, he must not be offended. The Ninevites werewrought upon by Jonah's preaching, when Israel was unhumbled andunreformed. We must leave this unto the Divine sovereignty, andsay, Lord, thy judgments are a great deep. They will not regardthe word of the prophet, for they will not regard the rod ofGod. Christ promises to strengthen him. He must continue earnestin preaching, whatever the success might be. 12-21 This mission made the holy angels rejoice. All this wasto convince Ezekiel, that the God who sent him had power to bearhim out in his work. He was overwhelmed with grief for the sinsand miseries of his people, and overpowered by the glory of thevision he had seen. And however retirement, meditation, andcommunion with God may be sweet, the servant of the Lord mustprepare to serve his generation. The Lord told the prophet hehad appointed him a watchman to the house of Israel. If we warnthe wicked, we are not chargeable with their ruin. Though suchpassages refer to the national covenant made with Israel, theyare equally to be applied to the final state of all men underevery dispensation. We are not only to encourage and comfortthose who appear to be righteous, but they are to be warned, formany have grown high-minded and secure, have fallen, and evendied in their sins. Surely then the hearers of the gospel shoulddesire warnings, and even reproofs. 22-27 Let us own ourselves for ever indebted to the mediationof Christ, for the blessed intercourse between God and man; anda true believer will say, I am never less alone than when thusalone. When the Lord opened Ezekiel's mouth, he was to deliverhis message boldly, to place life and death, the blessing andthe curse, before the people, and leave them to their choice.
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