1He said to me, “Mortal, eat what is offered you; eat this scroll, and go speak to the House of Israel.” 2So I opened my mouth, and He gave me this scroll to eat, 3as He said to me, “Mortal, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll that I give you.” I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey to me.
eat this scroll: Learn these things on this scroll.
4Then He said to me, “Mortal, go to the House of Israel and repeat My very words to them. 5For you are sent, not to a people of unintelligible speech and difficult language, but to the House of Israel—
go to the House of Israel: Ezekiel is a prophet whose name means “God strengthens.” He is the son of Buzi and of Priestly descent through the House of Zadok. He is taken away with King Jehoiachin at the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s second attack on Jerusalem and settles with a Jewish colony on the banks of the river Chebar in Babylonia, where he sees visions. He continues to prophesy for 22 years, beginning five years after he goes into captivity. The tribes of Reuben, Gad and the ½ tribe of Manasseh and the north Kingdom of Samaria (also called Israel and Ephraim) were deported north-west of Babylon and to the towns of Media. These tribes are often referred to as the ten lost tribes. They were all in Assyria as was the southern Kingdom of Judah of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin which was deported to Babylon. Together the House of Israel is all twelve tribes. There never were any lost tribes. G-d knew where they all were and all twelve returned to the lands of Benjamin and Judah and built the second Temple.
For you are sent, not to a people of unintelligible speech and difficult language: Ezekiel is not sent to speak to gentiles.
6not to the peoples of unintelligible speech and difficult language, whose talk you cannot understand. If I sent you to them, they would listen to you.
If I sent you to them, they would listen to you: Gentiles that Ezekiel could not understand would listen to him.
7But the House of Israel will refuse to listen to you, for they refuse to listen to Me; for the whole House of Israel are brazen of forehead and stubborn of heart. 8But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your forehead as brazen as theirs. 9I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint. Do not fear them, and do not be dismayed by them, though they are a rebellious breed.”
I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint. How will HaShem make Ezekiel suitable for His purpose, making him as hard as the House of Israel? By crushing, punishing, bruising and chastising him just as he does with the righteous servant of Isaiah 53 to remove his self will so that Ezekiel will do and say whatever he is commanded to do and say by G-d without hesitation.
10Then He said to me: “Mortal, listen with your ears and receive into your mind all the words that I speak to you. 11Go to your people, the exile community, and speak to them. Say to them: Thus says the Lord God—whether they listen or not.”
Go to your people, the exile community: The House of Israel is the exiled community. Ezekiel is Jewish.
12Then a spirit carried me away, and behind me I heard a great roaring sound: “Blessed is the Presence of the Lord, in His place,”
“Blessed is the Presence of the Lord, in His place,”: His place is wherever His presence is. Where He dwells. And He dwells with His spirit.
13with the sound of the wings of the creatures beating (touching) against one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them—a great roaring sound.
with the sound of the wings of the creatures beating (touching) against one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them—a great roaring sound: I have experienced this sound in a vision.
14A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.
A spirit seized me and carried me away: The spirit of G-d has come to Ezekiel.
I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me: I am G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53. This chapter is an example of Ezekiel being made suitable for G-d’s purpose with chastisement and punishment, crushing and bruising just as G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53 is made suitable. G-d’s spirit seizing and carrying Ezekiel away is another way of saying the spirit of G-d alighted upon Ezekiel and did not leave him in his journey. Ezekiel is being made suitable for G-d’s purpose by the hand of power of G-d with chastisement and punishment until his will is broken, until he is meek to the commands of G-d, until his emotions are tempered and protected to speak to the House of Israel. And the spirit of G-d is a very important part of the entire process of refinement.
15And I came to the exile community that dwelt in Tel Abib by the Chebar Canal, and I remained where they dwelt. And for seven days I sat there stunned (bewildered) among them.
exile community that dwelt in Tel Abib by the Chebar Canal: As written in Hebrew Tel-abib means “hill of barley-ears” and is the place where Ezekiel found Jewish captives by the river Chebar. If the Chebar is the nar Kabari, Tel-abib must have been situated somewhere in the neighborhood of Niffer, the city identified with the Calneh of Genesis 10/10.
And for seven days I sat there stunned: Seven days is like the seven days of creation. Today we know the earth took millions of years to be formed. G-d has been refining me in this process Ezekiel is going through for nine years without letting up for a single day, some more harsh than others. Ezekiel begins to prophesy beginning five years after he goes into captivity in the Jewish exile community. I was seven years into the process of refinement of my self will and self righteousness when G-d had me learn how to use this computer (my Mother’s, who can no longer use it and it recently broke down. I only have access to a computer for about an hour a day now) to begin these writings about two years and four months ago. The beginning of my prophesy.
Ezekiel was made ready after seven years to speak the words G-d puts in his mouth (not his ear). This means G-d can speak through Ezekiel. It does not mean G-d tells Ezekiel what to say.
16After those seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17“O mortal, I appoint you watchman for the House of Israel; and when you hear a word from My mouth, you must warn them for Me.
My mouth: G-d of course does not have a mouth. There are different levels of communication between G-d and myself and it is so with Ezekiel. G-d can speak directly to me or He can place what He wants me to know into my mind without my hearing it said first.
18If I say to a wicked man, ‘You shall die,’ and you do not warn him—you do not speak to warn the wicked man of his wicked course in order to save his life—he, the wicked man, shall die for his iniquity, but I will require a reckoning for his blood from you. 19But if you do warn the wicked man, and he does not turn back from his wickedness and his wicked course, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your own life. 20Again, if a righteous man abandons his righteousness and does wrong, when I put a stumbling block before him, he shall die. He shall die for his sins; the righteous deeds that he did shall not be remembered; but because you did not warn him, I will require a reckoning for his blood from you.
Again, if a righteous man abandons his righteousness and does wrong, when I put a stumbling block before him, he shall die. He shall die for his sins: G-d is saying the righteous man who sins will not see heaven. He is not saying that He will go and kill all righteous men who sin. G-d does put stumbling blocks before mankind and that is our inherent nature that we are to overcome which begins with knowing His laws. When G-d is dwelling on earth as He did in biblical times and He is dwelling here again with me He creates new stumbling blocks all the time. He is using these writings as stumbling blocks for righteousness that have nothing to do with sinning. To be in right standing with G-d can also mean doing what He expects you to do and the bar is high for those who teach to others the word of G-d. He tests everyone with His prophet. He tests me every day.
21If, however, you warn the righteous man not to sin, and he, the righteous, does not sin, he shall live because he took warning, and you will have saved your own life.”
22Then the hand of the Lord came upon me there, and He said to me, “Arise, go out to the valley, and there I will speak with you.” 23I arose and went out to the valley, and there stood the Presence of the Lord, like the Presence that I had seen at the Chebar Canal; and I flung myself down on my face.
Then the hand of the Lord came upon me: The hand of the Lord is punishing and very heavy in His presence.
24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.
Go, shut yourself up in your house: Ezekiel is cut off from the world, isolated and to dwell with the spirit of the Holy G-d. This is the same thing G-d has done with me and one of the verses of Isaiah 53. Cut off from the world does not mean removed from the world by death.
25As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.
and you have been bound with them: This is the power of G-d which envelopes Ezekiel. His freedom of movement with self will is now gone. This takes years to get used to but I move with it very easily today. I cannot tell G-d that I have decided to do anything and actually do it. His power simply prevents it. His way of saying no you are not without bothering to say it. After a while you just wait for Him to tell you what to do and stop deciding things. It takes years.
26And I will make your tongue cleave to your palate, and you shall be dumb; you shall not be a reprover to them, for they are a rebellious breed. 27But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God!’ He who listens will listen, and he who does not will not—for they are a rebellious breed.”
you shall not be a reprover to them, for they are a rebellious breed. 27But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God!’: This says that words of reproof by Ezekiel are the words of G-d not Ezekiel. That G-d speaks through Ezekiel.