Ezekiel 1:7 “And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.”
Refusing to listen to God is an ancient problem of mankind, not just Israel and Judah. It had not improved any when Jesus began his ministry. The people of his time, like the people of Ezekiel’s time, had ears but not ears to hear. God’s message has gone out to all the world and to every tongue and nation. We, the people of the world, have closed our ears. We have refused to hear. Why have we refused to listen? Because we are rebellious. That is the theme of chapter 3 of Ezekiel. God has spoken, but the people are rebellious.
Did they listen to Noah? No. Abraham? No. The judges? No. What about the early prophets? No. Over and over again, God spoke to the people, but for the most part, almost the entire part, they refused to listen. Hebrews 1:1 tells the story: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets…” Implication: they did not listen. Did good things happen to them? No. Were they blessed in a land of blessing? No. Did they rule the world and enjoy peace and prosperity? No.
Then, in the last days, God sent His only Son. Did they listen to him? They crucified him among thieves. Will that generation or ours fare any better than the former ones if ears are stopped and minds are closed? Well did Jesus call out, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Task for Today: I’m not asking about wax in your ear canal or some medical condition that prevents hearing oral speech. But, are you hearing the voice of God. A well-known preacher use to come to our area and hold gospel meetings. He would pause during his sermon and say, “Are you listening.” Your task today is to listen. God is talking to you through His son; listen. When you read the sacred word, hear its message. Listen and heed!