We find that Ezekiel the prophet is on the ground because of the image that he saw which caused him to “fall on his face.” God speaks to him directly and sends him out to the people of Israel. Now, what I would love for you to do is substitute the word United States in vs.3. Here is how it would read: “Mortal, I am sending you to the people of the United States, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn…” He is commanded to say to them that God is still speaking in their midst. That is pretty daunting.
He tells them not to be afraid of them, he is commanded to speak the words of God and not to be dismayed at their looks. He is commanded to speak God’s words whether they listen or not. But as far as Ezekiel is concerned, he is not to be rebellious like the people that he is sent to minister to are rebellious. He is to hold fast to whom he is in the sight of God. God then hands him a scroll.
I don’t know about you, but I find this extremely empowering and powerful. God sends us out to speak the Gospel regardless of the result of our speaking. God calls us to live out the Gospel, regardless of the result of our life. The responsibility to live and to speak is on us, the responsibility of the results are on God. What a breath of fresh air that is.