We are Not Manipulators of Affections but Heralds of a Message

Tuesday is for Preaching

Ezekiel 2:4-8 (ESV)
4 The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. 7 And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house. 8 “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

  • “whether they hear or refuse to hear” (vs. 5)
  • “be not afraid of them” (vs. 6)
  • “be not afraid of their words (vs. 6 [2x])
  • “nor be dismayed at their looks” (vs 7)
  • “Be not rebellious (vs. 8 )
  • “open your mouth and eat what I give you.” (vs. 8 )
Some thoughts:
  1. Prophets and preachers are not called to an effect but a task.
  2. We are not manipulators of affections but heralds of a message.
  3. God knows our tendency to pay more attention to “their words” and “their looks.” [i.e, to play to the audience rather than be faithful to the word from God.]
  4. We must choose to obey him and proclaim the message he gives.
Exhortation:
Make sure your message this week is His not yours. Preach for an Audience of One.


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