Ezekiel 2-3, Psalm 47
All of the major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel) have a “call from the Lord. Jeremiah began his book describing his call, whereas Isaiah prophesies for five chapters before being called while seeing God unveiled in glory. Ezekiel sees a vision of God’s glory in chapter 1, then his call is in chapters 2-3. One unique aspect of Ezekiel’s call is the strong warning against not delivering God’s warnings. In fact, if Ezekiel fails to deliver the message of God’s impending judgement, then Ezekiel will be held accountable. As the scripture says, God will “hold you (Ezekiel) accountable for their blood” (parentheses mine). In line with the theme of God’s holiness that permeates this book, God expects this prophet to be Holy and true. As God’s appointed mouthpiece, in and of itself a great honor, Ezekiel cannot deviate from this call without repercussion. Additionally, when Ezekiel warns anyone against sin, irregardless of their response, Ezekiel will save himself (Ezekiel 3:19, 21). Though the motivation for this call on Ezekiel is very different than both Jeremiah and Isaiah, God reveals Himself to and through Ezekiel just like the other prophets. Consider how God’s unique interactions between the these different prophets shows the various ways God communicates. God, like any good parent, knows the differences in these prophets and what will motivate or inspire them. Without a doubt this has pastoral implications for us all, suggesting even God doesn’t have a one size fits all approach to ministry and calling. May we then celebrate the multi-faceted wisdom and insight of the different ways scripture challenges and teaches throughout its many pages. They all work to build up the distinct people of God, to the glory of our God and King.