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One of the first things the prophet Ezekiel is told to do is to eat a scroll.
Ezekiel 2:8–3:4 (ESV)
8 “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” 9 And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.
1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2So
I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.
4 And he said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them.
- Eating the scroll is a vivid picture of the way in which the prophet can only speak God’s word to the extent that it has become a part of the prophet’s life. How much have I “eaten the scroll” of God’s word, and internalized God’s truths, values and directives contained therein?
- Reflect on John’s mission as described in11. The gospel is inherently missional and involves many people and nations. How has this same call played out in my life?