Blake Coffee and Susan Spoon taught on Sunday, April 27. The videos and listening guides from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.
Core Lesson (Susan Spoon)
Spoon Called to Speak God’s Message
Ezekiel 1:28 – 3:4
Share a time when you felt you had experienced God’s glory in a very real way.
How can you know that you are hearing an authentic word from God?
What’s the hardest thing God ever told you to do?
How would you rate your knowledge of what the bible says and doesn’t say?
What concrete, immediate steps can you take to improve that knowledge?
Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)
Being God’s Messenger
Ezekiel 1:28 – 3:4
The posture for submission is on our knees, but the posture for obedience is up on our feet, ready to move in any direction God commands.
A messenger’s measure of success is not based on the hearer’s response; rather, it is simply whether the message was faithfully delivered.
There will always be opposition to God’s messages. Whether and how we are to respond to that opposition depends on our specific calling.
Our ability to speak God’s Word is very much related to our doing of God’s Word in our own lives.
The most effective communicators of God’s Word are also lovers of God’s Word.
New International Version (NIV)
28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
Ezekiel’s Call to Be a Prophet
2 He said to me, “Son of man,[a] stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” 2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
3 He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people. 7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.
3 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.”2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them.