Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 3 (Continued)

Yechezk'el 3:16-21 Now it came about at the end of seven days that the word of the L-RD came to me, saying, "Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. "When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die'; and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. "Yet if you have warned the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. "Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he shall die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. "However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself."

Issue-sin. Shorter life or perish if not following the Torah. Under Brit Hadashah righteousness is imputed to us through Yeshua HaMashiach because of the Father's loving kindness.

We already stated about that all believers are commanded to tell others about Yeshua. Not everyone is called to be a teacher, pastor, rabbi, or prophet. Those of us, who are, face a stricter judgment.

James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

The leader of the flock is to protect and shepherd his people. He will answer to G-d someday if he does not follow G-d's command to teach, instruct, and correct the people under his care.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Messiah (Christ) and as those entrusted with the secret things of G-d. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the L-rd who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the L-rd comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from G-d.

Here we see Sha'ul (Paul) was not worried about being judged by man. He was more concerned about what G-d would say when He judged him.

Yechezk'el 3:22 And the hand of the L-RD was on me there, and He said to me, "Get up, go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you."

This is the third time "hand of the L-rd" is mentioned.

Yechezk'el 3:23-27 So I got up and went out to the plain; and look, the glory of the L-RD was standing there, like the glory which I saw by the river K'var (Chebar), and I fell on my face. The Spirit then entered me and made me stand on my feet, and He spoke with me and said to me, "Go, shut yourself up in your house. "As for you, son of man, they will put ropes on you and bind you with them, so that you cannot go out among them. "Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be dumb, and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house. "But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth, and you will say to them, 'Thus says the L-rd G-D.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house. NAS

Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) receives a mandate from the L-rd.