Key Question: Is there anything more life defining and life altering and meaningful and fulfilling than being called by God for a specific task and mission that is far greater than ourselves?
In commissioning him, Ezekial needed an encounter with God as he saw visions of God (Eze 1:3). But it cannot be done only by sight; language must intrude, since a commission involves the giving of instructions. Essentially, the instructions contain two main ideas:
- God tells Ezekiel that his message will not be received well.
- God makes the point forcefully that Ezekiel is a bound man who must speak God's word regardless of their reception of it.
God's Commission of Ezekiel as a Prophet (Ch. 1-3):
- The Vision (Ch. 1): An Encounter with God.
- The Commission and Mission (Ch. 2-3a): Driven by a High Calling.
- The Vocation (Ch. 3b): A Very Strange Job Description.
- A Horrifying Message (Ch. 4-7).