Sermon Bite 06/15/08

The Man Of God
Ezekiel 2:1 – 3:3

Ezekiel is a priest from the temple of Jerusalem who has been captured by Babylon, and taken to Tel Abib, near Babylon, along with his wife and about 10,000 other Jews. He was only growing and learning and serving where he could as a priest, because he was probably only around 25 years of age at the time of his captivity. At the age of thirty he would be old enough to actually serve in the temple as a priest, however being in captivity, that was not an option. God does something different and calls Ezekiel as a prophet. Ezekiel is one of three prophets who were also priests; along with Jeremiah and Zechariah.

This prophet of God was a contemporary of Jeremiah, and Daniel. He and Daniel were in Babylon at the same time, and Ezekiel mentions Daniel in the prophecy (Ezekiel 14:14, 20; 28:3).

Let me give you some interesting, sayings from the prophet. The first is “Son of man”, and it is mentioned at least 93 times mostly referring to the prophet and it is an assurance to the people that he is a man, but a man of God. The second is “Know that I am the LORD” is used at least 63 times starting in chapter six, and is not mentioned again following the thirty ninth chapter. The “Glory of the LORD” is definitely the theme of the prophet. Also the Revelation tells us, “…for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”. It is about our Lord.

According to an article written by Ken Gillming in THE PROPHECY STUDY BIBLE, “…the book of Revelation alludes to Ezekiel sixty-four times”. I find that interesting since we have the “Know that I am LORD” statements, and the Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the glory of the Father.

In this message we will see what the MAN OF GOD; though it is not just the men, but all who are believers; are called to do. This is not just a message for a prophet, or just the priests. It is the message of God for all who will believe God, and follow His Son Jesus Christ.

I. THE MAN OF GOD WILL HAVE A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH GOD (v. 1:28).

+ This, of course, should be understood, because no one can speak for God truly, who has not truly had an encounter with Him or repentance and salvation.

+ Ezekiel’s vision was one of such glory that he could not help but fall before the throne on his face.

II. THE MAN OF GOD WILL EXPERIENCE THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF THE LORD (vv. 1-2).

+ Ezekiel, after falling on his face before God is told to rise, and the Spirit of God entered, and set him on his feet.

+ God gives the power of the Spirit and sets us on our feet for the purpose of doing something, and for His glory.

+ In the Spirit we can hear the voice of God.

III. THE MAN OF GOD WILL RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR REPENTANCE, AND WILL BE FAITHFUL TO CALL FOR RENEWED FAITH (vv. 3-8).
IV. THE MAN OF GOD WILL BE CALLED ON, BY GOD, TO ABSORB, AND ASSIMILATE THE WORD OF GOD INTO LIFE (vv. 9-3:2).
V. THE MAN OF GOD WILL ENJOY THE SWEETNESS OF GOD’S WORD, AND EXPERIENCE ITS BITTERNESS AS WELL (vv. 3:3, 14; Revelation 10:8-11).

-Tim A. Blankenship

Have a blessed and happy Father’s Day.  Remember to worship the Father of Jesus Christ our Lord on Sunday.

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