Ezekiel’s Commission

Text: Ezekiel 3:1-21

Our Commission

  • We do not have the same commission as Ezekiel did
  • The Great Commission was given to the apostles (Mark 16:15) and was fulfilled (Colossians 1:23)
  • Our responsibility is to live & serve God and teach about Him wherever we are

“Eat This Scroll” (v. 1) — the scroll represented the word of God

  • Consume it — read (1 Timothy 4:13), listen (Matthew 13:9), study (Acts 17:11)
  • Have it within you (Colossians 3:16)
  • Allow it to sustain you (Matthew 4:4)

“Go to the House of Israel” (v. 4) — Ezekiel’s target audience; our target audience is the world (1 Corinthians 5:9-10)

  • Sow the seed wherever you can (Matthew 13:3-8)
  • If people reject it, move on (Matthew 10:14; Acts 13:51)
  • If they accept it, continue to teach — after planting comes watering (1 Corinthians 3:6)

“Speak with My Words” (v. 4, 10)

  • We have a divine obligation to speak God’s words today (1 Peter 4:11)
  • Not our opinions (Romans 14:1)
  • Not traditions (Matthew 15:6)
  • Not doctrines of men (Matthew 15:7-9)

“Speak… Whether They Listen or Not” (v. 11)

  • Simple reality — not everyone will listen; perhaps most won’t listen
  • Focus should be on the message, not the results (1 Corinthians 1:17; 3:6)
  • Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see as many converts as you’d like — just keep teaching

“A Watchman to the House of Israel” (v. 17)

  • If he failed to warn them, he was guilty for their deaths (Ezekiel 3:18,20)
  • If he warned & they failed to listen, they were responsible for themselves (Ezekiel 3:19,21)
  • We must teach what is needful, regardless of its popularity or difficulty (Acts 20:20,27)

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