Read: Ezekiel 2:3-7; 3:4-11
Text: Ezek 2:7 (KJV) And thou shalt speak my words unto them,
whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they
are most rebellious.
Theme: Our task is to share our faith, regardless of the
Have you ever participated in a church service where people were
urging the preacher on? "Amen!" "Preach it,
brother!" "Come on!" "Preach on!"
Our scripture for today is, in a sense, God saying to His servant
Ezekiel, "Amen! Preach on, brother." He was urging
Ezekiel to continue sharing His message, regardless of the
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 13, which illustrates this same
truth. The central truth of this parable of the Sower and the
Seed is that the results are not dependent on the sower. The
results depend upon God.
So it is with our lesson today. Ezekiel is told by God, here,
that his task is to preach the Word, regardless of the perceived
I. God's instructions to Ezekiel
- QUESTION - What specific instructions did God give
- (i.e. what commands or imperative statements can we see
here that applied to Ezekiel?)
NOTE - List these on the whiteboard.
- A. I send thee
- QUESTION - How do you think this made Ezekiel
We, too, have been sent:
John 20:21 (KJV) Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be
unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
QUESTION - How does this make you feel?
QUESTION - Who was Ezekiel sent to?
QUESTION - Who (specifically) are we sent to?
- B. Be not afraid
- QUESTION - Why would Ezekiel be afraid?
QUESTION - Are we afraid? Why?
QUESTION - What can we do to deal with this fear?
- C. Speak my words
- QUESTION - What was Ezekiel's message?
QUESTION - What is ours? Has it changed? Is there
any reason to present it any differently today than when
it was first proclaimed?
II. Ezekiel's formula for success.
- QUESTION - How would Ezekiel know if he was
pleasing God in this area?
- (compare to sower and seed - how did sower know if he was
- QUESTION - How do we apply this to our efforts at
sharing our faith today?
- ANSWER - Share your faith in any way you can, and
leave the results to God.
III. What Ezekiel saw.
- NOTE - for each of the following points, ask these
- QUESTION - What does this mean?
QUESTION - What example(s) of this attitude do we
see in people today?
QUESTION - How do we deal with people who exhibit
this attitude today? (ANSWER - Make sure that the
theme of the lesson is stressed in the answers - keep
sharing, regardless of the perceived results!)
- A. Rebellious people.
- Webster's definition - "Engaged in, or characterized
by, rebellion; mutinous; resisting control."
- B. Impudent people.
- Webster's definition - "Offensively forward in
behavior; intentionallytreating othres without due
respect; impertinent; bold; disrespectful;
- C. Stiffhearted / hardhearted people.
- Webster's definition (of hardhearted) - "Pitiless;
The lesson that God had for Ezekiel here is the same lesson that
Jesus gave His disciples in the parable of the sower and the
Our task as believers is to share our faith. Some people will be
rebellious. Some will be impudent and stiffhearted. Some will
listen. Some will not. Sometimes there will be few or no
Still, our task is to share our faith, regardless of
the perceived results.
"And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they
will hear, or whether they will forbear..." Ezek 2:7 (KJV)
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