Ezekiel’s time was one of the most difficult for Judah. Why? Because it was the age in which Babylon conquered the kingdom, and sent many survivors away to live in exile. Ezekiel was one of those castaways, and so his calling to speak God’s message to the downtrodden was fitting for he was one of them. The nature of that very calling is quite special. The Lord had Ezekiel eat a scroll. The application being that the words of divine truth were to be his spiritual diet. It would energize him, and excite him. It would embolden him, and enable him, to have an enduring spirit among a resistant people. This picture aptly conveys inspiration for believers today. To exercise wisdom we must take in knowledge – holy knowledge. To exercise obedience we must take in instruction – holy instruction. To exercise dedication we must take in devotion – holy devotion. And so this inside-out transformation is well conveyed in Ezekiel’s mandate: ingest the words of life and speak them into the world.
Ezekiel 3:3 “Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it…’” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/18/2019)