Reading: Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2:1-3:27
Summary: Another important figure found apart from Jerusalem and located in the early captivity, prior to Jerusalem’s fall, is Ezekiel. Jehoiachin— Jehoiakim’s son and successor to the throne when Jehoiakim was taken captive to Babylon—was himself removed from the throne in Jerusalem and taken to Babylon. During his fifth year of captivity, God called the priest Ezekiel to prophesy.
The unique feature of Ezekiel’s prophecy is that that it is from the perspective of captivity in Babylon. He begins before Jerusalem falls and continues his prophetic work throughout the captivity.
A good portion of the book of Ezekiel contains prophecy from prior to Babylon’s siege and destruction of Jerusalem
Does God Disappear If I Hide My Eyes?
Have you ever played peek-a-boo with a toddler? They seem to think that if they cannot see you, you cannot see them. Consequently, all there is to hiding from you is to hide their own eyes. The naiveté and innocence makes that very cute.
In adults it’s far from cute, it’s tragic. It’s also far too common.
The way it is most often manifested is by acting as if God and His word are not there, as though He does not exist.
So, God told Ezekiel to speak His words to His people “whether they listen or not” (Ezek. 2:7; 3:11; NASB). And what God knew about them was that they were rebellious and would not listen. Still, Ezekiel was to say, “‘Thus says the Lord God.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse” (Ezek. 3:27).
Our response does not establish the reality of God and His word. He is there and His word is true whether we listen or not. Maybe Ezekiel’s words are what is behind Jesus’ encouragement, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 11:15, 13:9, 43).
Listen or refuse; it doesn’t change the reality that is God’s word, and that word does effect—eternally—my reality.