Ezekiel 1

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“On July 31 of my thirtieth year, while I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1)

November 1, 2012

Ezekiel saw his first vision when he was 30. The 30th year was significant in Jewish life: The Levites began Temple service at 30. Jesus began his public ministry at age 30. On July 12 of 1988 I turned 30. God used this verse in Ezekiel to confirm my call to preach. I thought I had waited too long, but God showed me that it was just the right time.

“I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD upon me. I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Abib near the Kebar River. I sat among them for seven days—overwhelmed” (Ezekiel 1:14-15)

November 1, 2011

Sometimes God teaches us something we don’t want to hear, something overwhelming. He is looking for one who will obey Him even in this.