2019年11月8日
以西結的呼召和資格

粵語 國語

第8天


讀經:   

以西結書一章25至18節;二章1至3節

25在他們頭以上的穹蒼之上有聲音。他們站住的時候,便將翅膀垂下。

26在他們頭以上的穹蒼之上有寶座的形像,彷彿藍寶石;在寶座形像以上有彷彿人的形狀。

27我見從他腰以上有彷彿光耀的精金,周圍都有火的形狀;又見從他腰以下有彷彿火的形狀,周圍也有光輝。

28下雨的日子,雲中虹的形狀怎樣,周圍光輝的形狀也是怎樣。這就是耶和華榮耀的形像。我一看見就俯伏在地,又聽見一位說話的聲音。

1他對我說:“人子啊,你站起來,我要和你說話。”

2他對我說話的時候,靈就進入我裡面,使我站起來,我便聽見那位對我說話的聲音。

3他對我說:“人子啊,我差你往悖逆的國民以色列人那裡去。他們是悖逆我的,他們和他們的列祖違背我,直到今日。

主呼召和裝備以西結作祂使者的過程,有五個重點值得我們留意。今天若有信徒渴望去服侍主,也當留意這五點。

首先,以西結得到神的異象,並認識神的主權。我們今天未必能像以西結一樣,看見神的異象;可是,神要以西結永存心裡的那些重要真理,我們卻必須透徹理解。

其次,以西結在28節告訴我們,他聽見神的聲音。聲音伴隨異象而來,以西結一直聆聽那聲音。在頭四章經文,以西結只說了一次話(四14)。我們今天研讀神的話語時,就會聽到祂的聲音。

接著,神的靈進入他裡面(二2)。神的靈是他的得力源頭;神的靈也將神的信息傳給以西結。這個真理顯然可以應用在每個信徒身上。基督曾經說過,聖靈會作我們的導師、嚮導,也是我們力量的源泉。

我們在三章1至3節看見,神將祂的話語當作食物給以西結吃──換言之,他已完全把它吸收。我們並非真的要把聖經吃掉,而是神的話語要時時刻刻主導我們生活的每個範疇(詩一1-3)。

在三章15節,以西結坐在他的同胞中間──換言之,他要與他的同胞認同。他要向他們傳遞神的信息,然而,他並非高高在上地坐在那裡教訓他們,然後自行離去。反之,他成為他們的一份子;這對我們的傳福音態度,是極重要的提醒。

請重溫這五個重點,求聖靈將它們深印在你的心中和你的服侍之中。它們將有助你有果效地服侍主。

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EZEKIEL’S CALL AND QUALIFICATIONS
Day 8


Bible Reading:   

Ezekiel 1:25-28 & 2: 1-3

25 A voice came from above the firmament that was over their heads; whenever they stood, they let down their wings.

26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.

27 Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around.

28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

1 And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.”

2 Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.

3 And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.

There are five major points to be noted in the call and to equip Ezekiel as a messenger of the Lord. These are still important today for any believer who desires to serve the Lord.

Firstly, Ezekiel had a vision of God and His sovereignty. Today we may not see visions as He did but we ourselves need to be gripped by the same great important truths which impressed Ezekiel.

Secondly, in verse 28 Ezekiel tells us he heard the voice of God. Coupled with the vision came the voice. Ezekiel continued to listen to that voice. In the first four chapters, Ezekiel spoke only once (4:14). God’s voice to us today is heard as we read and study His Word.

Next, the Spirit of God came upon him. (2:2) The Spirit of God was his source of strength and the communicator of God’s message to Ezekiel. The application of this truth to every believer is very obvious. Christ Himself said the Holy Spirit would be our teacher and guide as well as our source of power.

In 3:1-3 we see that the Word of God was given to Ezekiel to eat-in other words, to make it part of himself. We might not literally eat the Word, but it must have the predominant place in every section of our lives, now and always. (Psalm 1:1-3)

In 3:15 Ezekiel identified himself with the people - he sat among them. He had a message for them but he didn’t stand aloof or give the message and then leave. He made himself one with them - an important lesson for us all in reaching others.

Go over those five points again and let the Spirit of God apply them deeply on your heart and your service for Christ. They are the pathway to successful service for him.