Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 2

Yechezk'el 2:1-2 Then He said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!" And as He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.

In these two verses we see a reference to two of the members of the tri-unity of G-d. First, the Son is referred to as "He". This is a continuation of chapter one where, in the last chapter, we identified, based on His appearance, Yeshua HaMashiach seated on the throne. Then Ruach HaKodesh, referred to as "the Spirit", entered Yechezk'el. He is the third person of the tri-unity of G-d.

During the Tanakh time period, Ruach HaKodesh came upon someone for a period of time to enable them to carry out a particular assignment for the L-rd. Today Ruach HaKodesh enters and dwells in anyone who has accepted Yeshua as their Mashiach and L-rd. He does not leave the believer today as he did in Tanakh times.

He calls out to Ezekiel to speak to "the house of Israel" whether they listen or not.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Beit - house, duality as in husband and wife; also division between good and evil, etc.

Yechezk'el 2:3-7 Then He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. "And I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children; and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the L-rd G-D.' "As for them, whether they listen or not-- for they are a "rebellious" HOUSE-- they will know that a prophet has been among them. "And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a "rebellious" HOUSE. "But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.

Yechezk'el is being given fair warning. He is not being given a cushy assignment. He is being called to preach to people who are not going to listen to him. His job was to preach to the children of Israel. He is to tell them regardless of whether they listen to him or not.

Many today are still stubborn and hardhearted toward G-d.

Ephesians 4:17-24 Let me say this, then, speaking for the L-rd: Live no longer as the pagans (unsaved) do, for they are blinded and confused. Their closed hearts are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of G-d because they have shut their minds against him, and they cannot understand His ways. They don't care anymore about right and wrong and have given themselves over to impure ways. They stop at nothing, being driven by their evil minds and reckless lusts. But that isn't the way Messiah taught you! If you have really heard His voice and learned from Him the truths concerning Himself, then throw off your old evil nature-the old you that was a partner in your evil ways-rotten through and through, full of lust and sham. Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.

As believers in Yeshua HaMashiach we are to submit to His will and follow Him.

Yechezk'el 2:8-10 "Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you." Then I looked, look, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back; and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe.

Sometimes the word can be sweet like the Messiah but sometimes it can also be bitter and we do not like what it tells us. The scroll of Revelation is also bitter to take and was also bitter to John's stomach. Sometimes the judgment of HaShem is hard to stomach. Many times we see those who did not want to hear what the Word was telling them. We are to tell them anyway.

Revelation 10:9-11 And I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, "Take it, and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey." And I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. And they said to me, "You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings." NAS