In our study of Ezekiel chapter three, we will look at his call to be a watchman for God's people and how it applies to our lives today. We will find that it is just as relevant to the life of a Christian as it was to the prophet and we will see that God has given each and every one of us the same call. With that call comes a great deal of responsibility.
"And he said to me, 'Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.' So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat." NIV translation
As we saw in chapter 2, this scroll contained the Ten Commandments and God has told the prophet to eat them. This is the first step in God equipping the watchman for his ministry. This is a reminder that the Word of God should be a part of each and every believer but especially those that are called to preach and teach. God also told John to eat a scroll in Revelation 10.
"Then he said to me, 'Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.' So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth." NIV translation
What goes into our stomachs gives us the power for our bodies to function. God is letting us know that, in order to function properly as His people, we need to fill our stomachs with His Word. That is why, when Jesus was tempted by the devil, He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God".
It was sweet for the prophet to taste and that is the same thing that John said in Revelation. We need to ask ourselves if we, as Christians, find the words of God to be sweet to us. Do we long to read and study His Word in order to know Him more?
"He then said to me: 'Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them." NIV translation
Like Ezekiel once the Word is living inside of us, we then have the power to go in the name of Jesus and to share that Word with others. The key thing in this verse is that he was told to go and share "my words" (speaking of God's words) and not his own.
"'You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel - not to many people of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.'" NIV translation
There will not be any language barriers in Ezekiel's ministry so, at the proper time, the people cannot use that as an excuse. Even for us today, it is just easier to go and to share the gospel with those who speak a different language than us. They usually pay more attention and want to hear and understand more than those who are more like us but, just like the prophet here, God may want you to go to those that are like you even if it is more difficult.