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He is bidden to eat it, and as he does so, the roll is as honey for sweetness in his mouth but in his inner being bitter. This signifies that even the terrific judgments of God are precious to those in harmony with Him. Perhaps we ourselves have realized the righteous judgments of the Lord upon us individually and we have even joyfully magnified His justice and equity, though the chastening was bitter to our soul. This act of eating the roll signified the qualifying of Ezekiel to be the recipient of God's oracles and the channel through who they were to be conveyed to the people. Note the effect of the incoming of the Spirit in fortifying and strengthening Ezekiel against the opposition and haughtiness of Israel (cf. Jer. 1:17-19). The incident closes with the supernatural, catching away of Ezekiel, probably as was Philip in Acts 8:39,40. Lesson Two II Symbolic predictions of the fall of Jerusalem (Chs. 3:15 to 7:27) I. Introductory (3:15-27) After settling among the exiles at Chebar, Ezekiel is warned again of the seriousness of his commission as a watchman (17-27). A further interview between the prophet and the Lord takes place upon the plain, and he is bidden to shut himself up in his own house (24), and instructed that he would only be able to speak as the Lord commissioned him, and at times only as the people permitted him, for they would bind him (22-27). How much we need wisdom to speak only when told by the Lord, also to know when and to have the ability to keel silent sometimes. 2. Types of the divine judgments impending over Jerusalem (chs. 4-7). These chapters record a series of prophetical actions or pantomimes, which the prophet Ezekiel enacted before the assembled captives at the river Chebar. They vividly portrayed the terrible judgments about to come upon the city and the people in the land. The nation is to completely scattered aril the city of Jerusalem laid waste. These portrayals took place within the period of a year. a) The portrayal on the tile (1-3) Ezekiel is instructed to make a drawing of the outlines of Jerusalem upon a tile and to depict the engines of warfare used in those days to besiege a city. The iron pan between him and the city probably refers to the separation between God and His people because of their iniquities, which are vividly brought to their notice in the second symbolical action.
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