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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Ezekiel 3



Verses 1-15

Ezekiel 3:1-27 — Ezekiel Eats the Book - Ezekiel 3:1-27 records the story of Ezekiel being commanded to eat a book. John also is commanded to eat a book in Revelation 10:9-11 for same purpose. Also, they experienced the same taste in their mouths.

Revelation 10:9-10, "And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel"s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings."

Perhaps the symbolism of the sweet and the bitter is found in the comments of Sadhu Sundar Singh.

"The cross is like a walnut whose outer rind is bitter, but the inner kernel is pleasant and invigorating. So the cross does not offer any charm of outward appearance, but to the cross-bearer its true character is revealed, and he finds in it the choicest sweets of spiritual peace." 16]

16] Sadhu Sundar Singh, At the Master's Feet, trans. Arthur Parker (London: Fleming H. Revell Co, 1922) [on-line]; accessed 26 October 2008; available from; Internet, "V The Cross and the Mystery of Suffering," section 1, part 6.

Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Ezekiel 3:7 Scripture References- Note similar verses:

Matthew 10:24-26, "The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known."

John 15:18, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."

John 15:20, "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also."

Ezekiel 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

Ezekiel 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 3:8-9Comments - Jeremiah's Ministry Parallels Ezekiel's Ministry- While Ezekiel was prophesying to the children of the Captivity, Jeremiah was speaking to the children of Judah in Jerusalem. God gave Jeremiah a similar charge during the inauguration of his ministry ( Jeremiah 1:10).

Jeremiah 1:10, "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant."

Ezekiel 3:15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

Ezekiel 3:15Word Study on "Telabib" - Strong says the Hebrew name "Telabib" "Tel 'Abiyb" ( תֵּל אָבִיב) (H 8512) literally means, "a mound of green growth." Easton says it means, "hill of corn," and refers to "a city in Babylon, the home of the prophet Ezekiel , located on the river Chebar which was probably a branch of the Euphrates." This Hebrew word occurs only once in the Old Testament. Scholars tell us that its exact location is unknown today.

Ezekiel 3:15Word Study on "astonished" - Strong says the Hebrew word "astonished" "shamem" ( שָׁמֵם) (H 8074) is a primitive root meaning, "to stun, to devastate, to stupefy." The Enhanced Strong says it is found in the Old Testament 92times, being translated in the KJV as "desolate 49, astonished 20, desolation 7, waste 5, destroy 3, wondered 2, amazed 1, astonishment 1, misc 4."

Ezekiel 3:15Comments- Ezekiel 3:15 tells us how the prophet sat among his people the Jews by the river Chebar in silence for seven days. We are reminded of Zechariah's vision in the Temple in Luke 1:5-25 how he also was speechless after his divine visitation from an angel.

Luke 1:22, "And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless."

My brother Steve told me that after he had been taken up to Heaven and seen Jesus he could not speak about it to his wife for three days.

Verses 16-21

Ezekiel's Charge as a Watchman Over Israel - In Ezekiel 3:16-21 we have the Lord's charge to Ezekiel as a watchman over His people Israel. His duty was to tell the people what he saw and heard from the Lord. Immediately after this charge God is going to give Ezekiel prophecies of the impending judgment upon Judah ( Ezekiel 3:22 to Ezekiel 24:27) as well as seven nations ( Ezekiel 25:1 to Ezekiel 32:32). These are the words of warning that Ezekiel is to deliver to Israel. And at the end of these prophecies, the Lord restates His divine charge to Ezekiel as a watchman over Israel ( Ezekiel 33:7).

Ezekiel 33:7, "So thou, O son of Prayer of Manasseh , I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me."


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Ezekiel 3:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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