Devotional Ezekiel 3:10-11
Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional
February 13th, 2013
(Ezekiel 3:10-11) Moreover He said to me: “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. 11 And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.”
Ezekiel was called by God to prophesy to those who had been taken captive by the Babylonians. In an act of judgment for turning away from God, the Lord had removed them from the land He had once given them. Indulging in idol worship for generations, they were now taken to “Idol Central”; ripped from their cities, their homes, their family and friends, they were about to experience idolatry on a grand scale.
Having been warned for many, many years to either repent or face judgment, every one of them had been given a choice. Now, in captivity, that choice hadn’t changed – they could repent, or they might never again see the land of promise.
Ezekiel’s job, his calling, his mission, was to hear from God, and then take that word to his people. He had to first be in close fellowship with the Lord, to hear His voice and take it to heart. Then, having incorporated God’s word into His own life, He was to proclaim it to others. Whether they listened or not was not Zeke’s responsibility – that was theirs! Whether they heard the word (and responded), or they refused to hear and heed, was of no account to Ezekiel in regards to his obedience to God’s command in his life.
Likewise, we are called to stay in close fellowship with Jesus, the Vine, drawing nourishment and sustenance from Him. We take in His word, hearing it and taking it to heart, making it the guide for our lives. But we are also called to share that word with our people. Whether they respond or refuse is not our responsibility. Our responsibility is to take it to the world, the captives all around us, and give them the message of freedom through Christ.