Talks for Growing Christians
Lesson Number 2
- God’s messengers will experience resistance to the Word.
- God’s messengers must internalize the Word.
- God gives us strength to do what He calls us to do.
- Here in chapter 2, the Lord spoke ___________ to Ezekiel and _____________ him to be a prophet, not just to the kingdom of Judah, but to the whole house of Israel (v 3).
- The Lord addressed Ezekiel as “Son of Man” more than ____ times in the book of Ezekiel. What did this phrase emphasize regarding Ezekiel?
- In Daniel 7, the term Son of Man takes on _______________ implications, so much so that at the time of our Lord, the expression “Son of Man” carried both the meaning from the Book of Ezekiel and the meaning from the Book of Daniel.
- The scroll that God placed before Ezekiel had writing on both sides which was very unusual. What was the meaning associated with this unique, double-sided writing?
- God instructed Ezekiel to eat the scroll. What was the symbolic meaning of this instruction?
- In this chapter, the Lord spoke directly to Ezekiel and appointed him to be a prophet for Him to the whole house of Israel.
- The phrase “Son of Man” is an important expression and is used more than 90 times in the Book of Ezekiel. This phrase emphasized the fact that Ezekiel, although called to the high office of a prophet, was a mere man, still a human being like the rest of us.
- In Daniel 7, the expression “Son of Man” takes on Messianic implications. In reference to our Lord, the expression conveyed both His Deity and His Humanity. He was the Son of Man in that He was fully human, just as we are – yet apart from sin. And He was the Son of Man in that He was fully divine and the predicted Messiah in line with the prophecy of Daniel.
- The unusual characteristic of the scroll opened to Ezekiel with its writings on both sides expressed the meaning that the Lord had much that He wanted to communicate to Israel.
- The meaning of the symbolic act of Ezekiel eating the scroll was that Ezekiel was to internalize the Word of God. It had to be worked into his soul and become an integral part of his conscious and subconscious self before he could speak forth the Word as God’s prophet.
- Discuss the sources of resistance in the hearts and minds of unbelievers. Consider the reasons why so many people are hesitant to hear and understand what the Word of God has to say to them.
- Has studying and meditating on the Word of God become a daily desire and habit for you? Are you finding the Word “in your mind and written on your heart”? Paul wrote, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 NASB)
- “And [the Lord] said to me, ‘Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.’ Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and He set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.” Ezekiel 2:1b-2