November 2, 2017
The Lord gave the prophet Ezekiel a three-part calling: 1) Eat the scroll containing His Word, 2) go to Israel, and 3) preach the Word to Israel. When Ezekiel ate the scroll, it tasted like “honey.” But as he prepared to go to Israel to preach, the Lord warned him that the people would not listen. Yet, the Lord still expected him to preach whether they heard or refused to hear. He was to focus on internalizing the Word and preaching the Word. The results were up to God.
This is still the preacher’s task. Study, preach and leave the results up to God.
November 2, 2015
God called Ezekiel to be a prophet and a “watchman” for Israel. A “watchman” was to keep watch over the camp during the night to sound a warning should danger appear. Ezekiel’s “watchman” duties however, were to keep watch to warn his people of sin and judgment, and to give them the sure Word of God that they might repent. This was a sober calling. God warned Ezekiel that if he was silent and failed to warn someone, that not only would that person die in their sin, but their blood would be upon Ezekiel for staying silent. But while God made Ezekiel responsible for preaching to them, He did not hold him accountable for their response. If he warned them and they didn’t repent, their blood was on them. Who are the “watchmen” of this generation that God has called? What is their accountability to proclaim His Word to others?
November 1, 2014
When God gave a word to Ezekiel, he was instructed to apply it to his “own heart first,” before sharing it with other people. This is still the best instruction for those that would answer the call to be preachers and teachers of God’s Word. They should always first apply it to their own hearts and lives before delivering it to others. The preacher or teacher who does this will find their hearts set afire for the task. And will remove much of the risk of seeming hypocritical in application. Let the word “sink deep” in you before telling others!