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:

  1. God tells Ezekiel that his message will not be received well.
  2. 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):

  1. The Vision (Ch. 1): An Encounter with God.
  2. The Commission and Mission (Ch. 2-3a): Driven by a High Calling.
  3. The Vocation (Ch. 3b): A Very Strange Job Description.

Big idea: An unforgettable encounter with the very real visceral presence of the living God.

"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance (brilliant light) around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory (kabowd) of the Lord. [This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me.] When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking" (Ezekiel 1:28).

  • Is Ezekiel's vision relevant to us today?
  • Does this vision of God mean more to Ezekiel and to those in his time than it does to us today since our culture is different?
  • What can we do practically to grasp this glorious vision for ourselves?
  • Will or can such a vision help us overcome our real current pressing problems, issues and difficulties?

Last week: Jeremiah, a man of tears and tenacity.

Big idea: In spite of our great sin, God's love is greater yet.

"Because of the Lord’s great love (chesed) we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lam 3:22-23).

  1. Lamentations 1: Acknowledge (Own) your own sin from your heart.
  2. Lamentations 2: Acknowledge God's sovereignty in your sin.
  3. Lamentations 3: Acknowledge God's great love in spite of your sin.
  4. Lamentations 4: Acknowledge the consequences of your sin on your children.
  5. Lamentations 5: Acknowledge the widespread devastation of sin.