Ezekiel 3:1-3 (AMP)
1HE SAID to me, Son of man, eat what you find [in this book]; eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel. 2So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat the scroll. 3And He said to me, Son of man, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
When Ezekiel was asked to eat the book, the Word of God, he was taking in all that it represented. Then he was to go to God’s special people, Israel, and preach the Word. He was given the same commission that Noah was given at his time. Noah preached with his grandfather, Methuselah, for 120 years to give the people an opportunity to repent, but not one soul was saved. Verse three through five of chapter two gives us a little description of how rebellious they were; just as in Noah’s day.
Ezekiel 2:3-5 (AMP)
3And He said to me, I send you, son of man, to the children of Israel, two rebellious nations that have rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me even to this very day. 4And the children are impudent and hard of heart. I send you to them and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God. 5And they, whether they will hear or refuse to hear–for they are a rebellious house–yet shall they know and realize that there has been a prophet among them.
Ezekiel wasn’t speaking to a nation that didn’t know God. This nation was perfectly aware of whom and what God is! But they were a rebellious nation.
I Samuel 15:23 (AMP)
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim (household good luck images). Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.
God goes on to say if He would have sent Ezekiel to a foreign nation, they would have received his message and heed his Word.
John 1:11 (AMP)
He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own–His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him.
Ezekiel was experiencing, firsthand, the rejection of his own people. He would go through similar agony of watching his own nation fall into ruins. People didn’t listen to God, didn’t listen to Jesus, and they weren’t going to listen to Ezekiel, the prophet.
To refuse to accept, consider, submit to, take for some purpose, or use. To refuse to hear, receive, or admit.
How do we react to rejection? You’ve tried all that you know how and you’re still not accepted. Do we continue to try until we’ve exhausted ourselves or do we rely on the voice that’s telling us it’s time to move on and start afresh with a new people?
Rebellion is a sin. If the Lord is asking us to do one thing but we’re still in the same place because we’re afraid of change, is that rebellion? It sure is! We start to act as the Israel nation; time and time again trying to find our own way instead of relying on the Lord to find our way for us.
Let’s take a moment and ask ourselves, “What is holding you back from moving on?”
Is it work, family, friends, a habit, sickness, worried about what people will say, etc? If any of these are evident in your life, then we are allowing the flesh to take over the spirit. We have to check ourselves; analyze our situation.
A preacher once said, “If you’ve gotten laid off, you should turn around and say, “Lord, this assignment is over what’s your next plan?” When we’re faced with tough times, do we put our trust in the Lord and ask what’s next or do we go crazy wasting negative energy?
Whatever is NOT working in your life, ask, “What’s next, Lord?” If you’re in covenant with HIM, He will respond. He’s not going to leave you hanging and watch you crumble to nothing. That’s not how the Lord works.
Some may say, “Well, you don’t know what I’m going through. It seems like the Lord is NOT listening to me.” Are you being rebellious in some shape or form? I’m not judging or trying to criticize you; just trying to bring enlightment to something that may have been dormant in you.
I will tell you that I’ve had my shares of rebellion because the Lord says one thing and I think I can do it better. We think we have a better idea of doing things not realizing that we’re not helping the Lord, we’re hindering Him from doing and giving us His best.
Let’s analyze our situation. The Lord is waiting for us to give Him the acknowledgement that He can enter and take control. Until then, He will wait patiently until the door is opened for Him.
John 15:16 (AMP)
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.