Sweet as Honey

Today's devotion from Ezekiel 2 & 3 God's call on Ezekiel wasn't exactly designed to entice him into the ministry. The description of the Israelites is not flattering. They are obstinate, stubborn, and rebellious. They and their ancestors were unfaithful in just about every way. Therefore, as the messenger continues, Ezekiel should be prepared for the bitterness he would face.

In a nutshell, chapter 2 lets us know that Ezekiel's purpose is mainly to stay strong in proclaiming the message of God to the people. The expectation isn't that the entire nation will repent and turn toward God. Instead, the purpose was, "Whether they listen or refuse to listen--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them." (Ezekiel 2:5, CSB)

How is the prophet to prepare for such a mission? Well, by eating the scroll that contained the words of God on it. Literally. The transition in chapter 3 is bizarre, and that's the point. Ezekiel's ministry is filled with these unique visions and actions, and they begin with the command to eat this scroll that is sweet as honey.

The meaning behind it is pretty clear. While Ezekiel will have a difficult ministry ahead, he can count on God. As such, he must feast on God's provision, His presence, and His Word. God Himself will see Ezekiel through, and the prophet cannot afford to forget this. Neither can his audience.

Your ministry is equally difficult. We live in a pagan land surrounded by rebellious people, those who refuse to acknowledge God in any way, along with those who are generally well-meaning, but completely confused as to who God is and what He expects. As such, if you and I are going to faithfully complete the task God has given to us, then we must fully rely on Him.