This is G-d speaking to a man (“O mortal”) who is Ezekiel but he does not hear G-d speaking until a spirit entered into him and set him upon his feet. This account is written as though there was a simultaneous occurrence of G-d’s words and the spirit entering into Ezekiel as he heard them. A spirit of G-d entering a man is shown here to be a conduit to hear G-d’s words.

Ezekiel says a 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.

The hand of the Lord is His power that is often punishing. And Ezekiel was not happy about it which is the first step in G-d’s refinement of a person, their spirit and soul so they are useful for His purposes.

It is a breaking of the will of a man and slowly tempering his soul and spirit so they do not respond so easily to affronts to self. Ezekiel is having his personality changed for the task of taking G-d’s word to the House of Israel and of Judah in the Assyrian (Babylon) exile. G-d is making Ezekiel tougher and not one to be so easily bitter and having a furious spirit.

In the third account from above the hand of the Lord came to Ezekiel and G-d told him to go to the valley and I will speak to you. Ezekiel goes to the valley and only then does a spirit enter into him and set Ezekiel upon his feet and He (and I believe this sentence means “he” is the spirit but “He” G-d is speaking through the spirit) and tells Ezekiel to go and shut himself in his house.

G-d speaks through an angel in the burning bush to Moses. G-d says My Name is in the angel sent to be with the Israelite’s in the exodus from Egypt. These accounts of Ezekiel show that G-d is in spirits also. And G-d can use angels or spirits to speak to man.

As the man the spirit of G-d and the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d alighted upon in fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 11/2 I have been taught this and experienced it. Describing it is another matter entirely.

The only difference between a spirit and an angel is their form. They are both encased in elements of the unseen and G-d’s power. They are persons created by G-d. And the first person created was the person of G-d’s spirit and his “body” is G-d’s spirit which has no form.

Keith Ellis McCarty, Esquire


1And He said to me, “O mortal, stand up on your feet that I may speak to you.” 2As He spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard what was being spoken to me.     Ezekiel 2/1-2 Tanakh JPS 1985.

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. 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 among them.     Ezekiel 3/14-15 Tanakh JPS 1985.

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…

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