Prayer: Teach me, O God, through Your Word, in Christ. Amen.
A spoonful of prophecy
He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. (v. 3:1)
Ezekiel was with the Israelites in exile in Babylon. In a vision he saw strange creatures and one ordered him to eat a scroll. The scroll contained bad news for Israel; that there would be “lamentation and mourning and woe.” But the scroll tasted sweet as honey. And this is where Ezekiel’s mission as a prophet begins.
To be a prophet is not necessarily to predict the future, but to tell us when we have gone wrong. And to warn us that unless we change our ways, we will face terrible consequences. They point us to the correct path and often their words are uncomfortable to hear. Do we know who the prophets are today? Who is a prophet that speaks to us?
Prayer: “Open my ears to hear your life-giving words, O Lord. Amen.”
Ezekiel 1:1-3, 2:8-3:3
The Vision of the Chariot
1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2 On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), 3 the word of the Lord came to the priest Ezekiel son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was on him there.
8 But you, mortal, hear what I say to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you. 9 I looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a written scroll was in it. 10 He spread it before me; it had writing on the front and on the back, and written on it were words of lamentation and mourning and woe.
3 He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3 He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.