As a good priest serving in Jerusalem (where Jeremiah continued to prophesy) Ezekiel was another man who was brought into Babylonian captivity. These were dark years in Judah’s history and God’s Story does not shirk from showing them to us. Ezekiel and Daniel were about the same age and by this time, Daniel was established within the government, and Ezekiel’s new job was to be a missionary to his fellow captives. The language barrier was not a problematic issue as it often is on the mission field. What Ezekiel faced in Babylon was similar to what he encountered in Jerusalem: hard, stubborn hearts that refused to respond to God’s love and lordship and His offer for restoration.
God gave dramatic signs to Ezekiel, to strengthen him during the two decades of challenging service before him. Ezekiel wrote, “Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice of a great earthquake: “Blessed be the glory of the Lord from its place!” It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of a great earthquake.”
Ezekiel recorded over sixty interactions with God and each conversation ended with God saying, “Then they will know that I am the LORD.” Do we live today knowing that He is the Lord? If so, we will seek to obey our Lord and when we get off track, we will be quick to turn our way back to Jesus who is the Way. A restored relationship with God gives us hope. Being filled with His love helps us as well as those we seek to communicate His love with. Blessed be the glory of the Lord! May we be like Ezekiel, a magnifying glass of God’s goodness wherever God seeks to move us.