In 1975, God used these verses to call me to the ministry of Word and sacrament – to my own people. Ezekiel was sent to his own people surviving in exile. Why would this be a hard ministry?
One of the overwhelming points made by God in this passage is the rebelliousness and stubbornness of His people.
God’s moving here in Ezekiel is pretty interesting.
“Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.”
This seems on the surface as a way to combat fear and dismay that might come Ezekiel’s way as he preaches to them.
But across God’s word, we see the call to be strong and courageous.
Strong in the face of stubbornness.
Courageous in the face of rebellion.
God calls to each of us in the path He has set for us. The baseline call is the same for us all – Whereever we are, be strong in the Lord, and hold firm with courage to His word.
It’s a good important reminder for us today, as the world bears down on us, seeking to break apart our bonds of peace.
* Gracious Father,
Thank You that You called Ezekiel into a specific ministry.
And thank You that You call us all into specific and intentional ministries, to preach Your word in thought, word and deed whereever You have placed us.