Eat God’s Word

Ezekiel Bible Background

Old Testament: Eze 2.8–3.3

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 1–3 on November 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

The Lord gave Ezekiel a huge and difficult job, that of speaking to the rebellious house of Israel. To have the ability to perform such a task, listen to what the Lord told the prophet to do:

“But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe. Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.

– Ezekiel 2.8–3.3

An angel told John to do the same thing. (See Revelation 10.) Whether Ezekiel actually ate the scroll as we eat food, does not matter, for he was to ingest the word of God, which the Lord wants us to do as well, and we do it by reading and meditating upon it. Eating pictures taking in the word, incorporating it into your being.

Questions:

  • Is the word of God part of you?
  • Does it guide your life?

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