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1. What does your tax return say you do for a living? How does your professional resume amplify that “one word”?
2. What parts of your job do you tackle first? What parts are still left undone at the end of the week (month or year)?
3. If you could have any other job, what would you pick and why?
4. What is significant about Ezekiel’s current posture (Ezekiel 1:28) and the position God wants him to assume (Ezekiel 2:1, 2)?
5. What do you think God intends by repeatedly (93 times) calling Ezekiel “son of man”? Addressed in his human weakness, where does Ezekiel get the strength to comply with God’s request (chapter 2:2; also chapter 3:8, 12, 14)?
6. To whom does God send Ezekiel to speak (chapter 2:3 – 8; chapter 3:5 – 9)? What are they like? Why might Ezekiel be afraid to take on this “mission impossible” (chapter 3:6, 7)?
7. How does God console him (chapter 2:6, 7; chapter 3:1 – 3, 8 – 12)? What seems to be required to get this job done?
- thick skin?
- strong stomach?
- hard hat?
- big ears?
- soft heart?
- foreign language?
- flying machine?
8. What is on the scroll that Ezekiel has to eat (chapter 2:10)? How does it taste to him (chapter 3:3)? What he thought would be sour or “bitter” (chapter 3:14) actually wasn’t. What lesson do you think God is trying to teach him in shaking up his taste buds (a lesson also taught to the apostle John; see Revelation 10:9, 10)?
9. Ezekiel returns to his home in Tel Aviv (chapter 3:14, 15). How does he get there? How does he feel at first? And seven days later? How might sitting among his fellow exiles compare with his having stood before the Lord? What is the net impact on him?
10. As you review your life’s work, have you ever been aware of any special calling or “overwhelming” task from the Lord?
11. What about God stands out to you in the call of Ezekiel?
Additional Note (Spring/Summer Preview):
Ezekiel was preaching at the same time as Jeremiah, and their messages are similar in many ways. Since neither one mentions the other, we can’t be sure whether they were acquainted. And we don’t know if either of them were acquainted with Daniel. Throughout the spring and summer, we will continue to examine the lives and ministries of these three men.