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Ezek 2:1

STAND ON YOUR FEET AND LISTEN

July 6, 1969 am


GOD SPOKE TO A STRONG MAN, AND SAID "STAND UPON YOUR FEET, I WILL SPEAK TO THEE" 2:1

  • There are passages in Ezekiel that would cause a strong man to be smitten speechless
  • There are also passages that give a captive nation hew hope, strength to keep faith in God
  • With so many nations captive today, and with each of us seeming captives of our circumstances, see what God has in this Book for those who would survive today!

Read Ezekiel...

I. THE MAN - GOD ALWAYS USES A MAN -

God always chooses one man to speak through- and molds him through suffering to a fit vessel

A. EZEKIEL, THE PRIEST - HIS NAME MEANS "GOD MAKES STRONG" - AND GOD MADE HIM STRONG

  • The Son of Buzi (1:3), Buzi means the despised one, Jeremiah?  No- but influenced by Jeremiah
  • Ezekiel was a priest of high authority- for he was among the top 10,000 taken to Babylon
  • S.E. of Babylon- by river Chebar- a crushed, defeated captive with a depressed people

B. CALLED OF GOD TO SPEAK TO THE CAPTIVES - AFTER FIVE YEARS IN CAPTIVITY - 1:2

  • God called to him - "Stand on your feet" - (2:1) then God set him there (2:2) God empowers
  • God gave him a message and said "eat this roll" (3:1) and he sat 7 days (3:15) bitter, angry (14)
  • God sent him into bondage (3:24) smote him dumb (3:26) and forbade him to weep (24:16)

C. THE CHARACTER OF GOD'S MAN - A MAN OVERWHELMED BY GOD'S POWER AND MADE INTO GOD'S MAN

  • He was strangely conscious of God's hand on his, and helplessly carried about, shocked dumb
  • He had deep convictions, a strict moralist, individualist, and God showed him people's sin!
  • Then through deep suffering God made him sympathetic, compassionate in his love for his people

God took away his rebellion, bitterness, anger, and made him a faithful priest- prophet

II. THE MISSION - GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR EACH -

When God has a task, he calls a man to accomplish it, and equips the man for it.

A. A MISSION TO MINISTER TO A REBELLIOUS PEOPLE IN THE MIDST OF A MOST TRYING CAPTIVITY

  • These in captivity were the aristocracy, whose luxury and sin caused the captivity-
  • Even in captivity God called them (2:3) rebellious, impudent, stiff hearted, - like us maybe
  • God said to Ezekiel "do not be afraid" (2:6) good verse for Arizona pastors - scorpions-

B. A MISSION TO DESTROY THE FALSE HOPES, AND TO DENOUNCE THE WICKEDNESS OF THEIR SIN

  • For 22 years a faithful priest - rebuke and renounce false priests -(13:10) Women - v.18
  • To tell the captives of their sin- (5:11) and to justify God's destruction of Jer. (14:14)
  • And to keep on prophesying until it be fulfilled (33:21) and be blamed by the people

C. A MISSION TO STIMULATE A NEW HOPE, A FLASHING VISION OF GLORY, AND PROMISE OF RETURN TO JESUS

  • Without the temple, they established a new order of worship- Synagogue - and teaching
  • To preserve the voice of God, and the Song of Israel- Psalms 137:1-9 -still sung in exile!
  • And someday God will gather them back to Jerusalem- (36:24-26) and show His power and glory

This was a mighty big task for a man to accomplish, but God fit the man to the mission

III. THE MESSAGE - GOD WOULD SPEAK TO HIS NATION -

God has always used preaching to put forth His message- "by the foolishness of preaching"

A. THE METHOD - ON THIS OCCASION WITH THE FLASH OF GLORY, ALLEGORY, SYMBOL, LIVING PARABLES

  • Ezekiel spoke with vivid dramatic visions, wheels, flying rolls, psychic symbols, light
  • He lived out his parables- smote dumb, cut his hair, lay on one side, dug under a wall,
  • God carried him through the air by his hair (8:3) and he spoke of it - not by drugs either.

B. THE MESSAGE - FIRST OF ALL TO TURN THE PEOPLE FROM THE FALSE SHEPHERDS - (34:2,6)

  • A promise that God would gather His true flock - and redeem them and return them - (34:11-13)
  • That revival is possible, and if we come as dry bones- He will give spirit - (37:1-14)
  • That God in His time will send water from His temple to heal the desert - (47:1-12)

C. AS WE REMEMBER THE PROPHECIES OF EZEKIEL, LET'S REMEMBER THAT ONE SIGN IS STILL THERE

  • The Eastern Gate to Jerusalem in bricked closed and someday the king will come - (44:1,2)
  • The dry bones are in Jerusalem, God's timetable is near its climax, are we ready?
  • Their hope is not believed by the Jews- but we know it is Jesus- are you ready for Him?

The only way the promised blessings can come is through the Lord Jesus Christ

JESUS ALONE CAN DELIVER US FROM CAPTIVITY OF OUR OWN WICKEDNESS AND GIVE US NEW JOY!