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Ezekiel Two

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Ezekiel 2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

Son of man. This striking name, indicating that God thought of Ezekiel as a prophet not only to the Jews but to all mankind, was used first by David in a Messianic psalm (Psalm 8:4; Hebrews 2:6-9), then later by Daniel (Daniel 7:13), also in a prophecy of the Messiah. Jesus Christ applied the title to Himself (e.g., Matthew 8:20) some eighty times, using it even more than “Son of God.” God addressed Ezekiel as “Son of man” more than ninety times; thus Ezekiel can be considered as an important type of Christ.

Ezekiel 2:2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

Ezekiel 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

Ezekiel 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

thou shalt speak my words. Note also Ezekiel 2:4. The prophecies are not just the thoughts of the prophet; they are the words of God.

Ezekiel 2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

Ezekiel 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

Ezekiel 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.