#DailyDevotion The Lord Has Sent Us A Prophet
Ezekiel 2:1–5 1He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” 2 And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. 4 The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.
Ezekiel was being sent as a prophet to the people of Judah who were in exile with him in Babylon. It must have been a terrifying thing to be addressed by the Living God. On top of that, the Lord is telling him that he is sending him to a nation of rebels. They have rebelled against the Lord since the day he brought them up out of Egypt. With their griping and complaining with what the Lord provided them they rebelled. When they made the golden calf they rebelled. When they didn’t go into the Promised Land they rebelled.
They were impudent and stubborn these Israelites. Even once they got into the Promised Land they continually went and worshipped the gods of the inhabitants which they were to overthrow. They worshipped the gods of their neighbors. The Lord had sent them deliverer after deliverer when they repented but they kept going back to turning their backs of the Lord which is why they were in exile there at Babylon.
The Lord would give Ezekiel the words to speak so he could rightly say, “Thus says the Lord.” Through his word and actions the people would know God had sent them a prophet even in the midst of their punishment for their rebellion against him.
Now the Lord would send another one who is called the Son of Man. He sent them to the lost sheep of Israel not in Babylon but in the land of Canaan. They thought they were worshipping the Lord but in their rebellious, stubborn and impudent ways, they were following their traditions instead of the Law he had given them through Moses. This one would be the Lord himself, tabernacling in their midst, in their flesh. This one was Jesus Christ of Nazereth.
Through his word, the word given him by the Father, and by his actions, the people knew a prophet had come to them from God. He taught as one who had authority because he was the authority. Yet in their rebellious, impudent and hard hearts they killed the Author of Life, they crucified the Lord of Glory. But God had planned to use their defect and sinfulness to accomplish their salvation and the salvation of the world. They did not offer Jesus up as a sacrifice but the Father received it as such and it was the atoning sacrifice for their sin and for the sin of the world. This was a sacrifice for the sin of Israel to reconcile them to God their Lord and for your sin to reconcile you to your God and Lord. Therefore, repent of your sins and believe on Jesus Christ and be saved.
Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit this day that we may not harden our hearts, be rebellious and impudent but rather repent of our sins and trust in your Son Jesus Christ that we may possess eternal life an live lives pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.