Ezekiel 1 – 4
The prophet Ezekiel was among the Jewish exiles taken to Babylon. While there, he had amazing visions of God, which are recorded numerous times throughout the book of Ezekiel. In chapter 1, we read about his first vision. He started by describing four cherubim inside a fire in great detail, including each of the four faces per cherub, and what their feet looked like (not what you might expect), he went on to describe in detail what their wheels looked like. And that was just the introduction. He then went on to describe God’s throne, sitting on a platform above the cherubim, and then he went on to describe the glory of God that he saw sitting on the throne. If you want the details, you’ll have to read Ezekiel chapter 1.
During this encounter, God told Ezekiel that He was sending Ezekiel as a prophet to the people of Israel. God told Ezekiel in 2:7, “You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.”
Then, in 3:18-19, we read this, “17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.”
Wait a minute. Does verse 18 really say that God will hold Ezekiel accountable for the blood of the wicked if he doesn’t warn them? Yes it does.
God demands obedience. And there is always punishment for disobedience. That disobedience can range from eating forbidden fruit in a garden, to doing things He prohibited, to not doing things He requires. In this case Ezekiel is commanded explicitly to warn Israel to return to the Lord, and he is warned that if he disobeys, there will be consequences. As we read throughout the rest of the book, we will find that Ezekiel obeyed faithfully, but it cost him dearly.
We have been given some similar commands. Jesus told his followers to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” In 1 Peter 2:9, we find, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Remember, as we’re told in 1 John 2:4, “The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Will you obey?
P.s. If you want the recipe for Ezekiel bread, please read chapter 4. And while you’re there, please pay special attention to Ezekiel’s dining conditions.
Today’s Bible reading passage can be read or listened to at Ezekiel 1-4
Tomorrow’s reading will be Ezekiel 5-8 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan