Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 3

Yechezk'el 3:1-3 Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. And He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you." Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.

Again the Word is sweet. Yeshua is also called, "The Word" and is sweet.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G-d, and the Word was G-d.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Gimel -lovingkindness; culmination, as in planting a seed and caring for it until it matures.

Yechezk'el 3:4-11 Then He said to me, "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. "For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate. "Look, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. "Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house." Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I shall speak to you, and listen closely. "And go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, 'Thus says the L-rd G-D.'"

They would be captives in Babylon. Yechezk'el was to reveal this to Israel but Israel would not listen.

Yeshua commanded us in Mark 16:15 and then He told them, "You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.

We are to tell others the good news. The choice is then theirs to accept or reject. If they don't want to listen then that is all you can do. Follow the Spirit and not the flesh. Noah preached for many, many years and nobody but his close family members, totaling only eight people, heeded his calling. Sometimes he was met with hostility because the Word of HaShem convicts the heart. The judgment of HaShem came, but their blood was not on the hands of Noah, because He had tried to warn them and tell them of the love of their creator. We are to do the same even if we do not see any results. Sometimes we are only to plant a SEED through the help of the Father in a loving manner. This is loving-kindness with eternal consequences.

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of G-d is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and lay bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Yechezk'el 3:12-15 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me, "Blessed be the glory of the L-RD in His place." And I heard the sound of the wings of the living beings touching one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, even a great rumbling sound. So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the L-RD was strong on me. Then I came to the exiles who lived beside the river K'var (Chebar) at Tel-aviv, and I sat there seven days where they were living, causing consternation among them.

Tel-aviv - This is not the modern day Tel-Aviv in Israel.

The Spirit lifted me up and took me away - This also happened to Yochanan (John) in Revelation.

Revelation 4:1-3 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." Immediately I was in the Spirit; and look, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance NAS

Causing consternation among them - Some translations say Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) was overwhelmed. Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) had to reflect for seven days after his encounter with G-d.

He observed seven days mourning for the nation of Israel - This is the Jewish tradition of "Shiva" from the Hebrew word for seven. The people still observe seven days of mourning.

Daniel was sick when G-d revealed to him the future.

Daniel 8:27 Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again and carried on the king's business; but I was astounded at the vision, and there was none to explain it.