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Ezekiel 1:1-3:15

Of everything in today’s readings, Ezekiel’s visions and his commission by God there were two verses that spoke to me:

Next He said to me: "Son of man, listen carefully to all My words that I speak to you and take them to heart. Go to your people, the exiles, and speak to them. Tell them: This is what the Lord GOD says, whether they listen or refuse to listen." (Ezekiel 3:10-11 HCSB)

God tells Ezekiel to not just Parrot back to the people what He is has given him but to take them to heart after carefully listening to His Words. I was reminded of the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:5-15). When Jesus explains what the Parable means (9-15) in the explanation the four different soil types which represent the state of man’s hearts interacts with the seed based on the condition of the soil of men’s heart and also with how the person heard the Word.

"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. The seeds along the path are those who have heard. Then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. But the seed in the good ground--these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit. (Luke 8:11-15 HCSB)

The soil that produces fruit is the soil/heart of the one who “heard the word with an honest and good heart.” Ezekiel must get God’s word down inside of him and let it speak to him before he can give it out to the people God has commanded him to speak to even though they will not listen.

This speaks to me about germination, growth, harvest then back to seed. The seed/Word Ezekiel was to give to the people was not the seed that God gave him. He had to sow the Word/seed into his own life then wait for it to come into fruition in him; then take the seed of his own personal harvest and sow into the people He was called to serve.

In Hebrews, especially this current chapter, as well as the first verse of chapter two, we read about hearing/listening and my mind is brought to the Hebrew word that has been translated into the English word “obey” 43 times in the King James Version. That word transliterated is “shaw-mah.” According to Strong’s it means:

H8085
שׁמע
shâma‛
shaw-mah'
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.): - X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

Our call to “obey,” to “listen” is not something we do impassively but we do it interactively, weighing the value, the cost. I believe it is the invitation given to the prophet Isaiah,

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18 KJVR).

To do anything less than interacting with what we have read and continue to read would cause us to be like those who died in the wilderness, not mixing what we have heard and read with faith.

Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and their provocation and embitterment [of Me] in the day of testing in the wilderness, Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forbearance] and found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years. And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts, and they have not perceived or recognized My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them. Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, They shall not enter into My rest. [Ps. 95:7-11.]
(Hebrews 3:8-11 AMP)


Just some things to think about.

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