3:1 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, eat what thou findest; a eat this scroll, and go speak to the house of Israel.
(a) By which is meant that no one is fit to be
God's messenger before he has received the word of God in his heart, as in (Ezekiel
3:10) and has a zeal to it, and delight in it, as in (Jeremiah
Behold, I have made thy b face strong
against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
(b) God promises his assistance to his ministers,
and that he will give them boldness and constancy in their calling, (Isaiah
3:10 Moreover he said to me,
Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to thee c
receive in thy heart, and hear with thy ears.
(c) He shows what is meant by the eating of the
book, which is that the ministers of God may speak nothing from themselves,
but only that which they have received from the Lord.
3:12 Then the spirit lifted
me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, [saying], d
Blessed [be] the glory of the LORD from his place.
(d) By which he signifies that God's glory
would not be diminished, although he departed out of his temple, for this
declared that the city and temple would be destroyed.
3:14 So the spirit lifted me
up, and took me away, and I e went in
bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon
(e) This shows that there is always an infirmity
of the flesh which can never be ready to render full obedience to God, and
also God's grace who ever assists his, and overcomes their rebellious
3:15 Then I came to them of the captivity at f
Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and
remained there overwhelmed among them g
(f) Which was a place by Euphrates where the Jews
(g) Declaring here that God's ministers must
with advisement and deliberation utter his judgments.
3:17 Son of man, I have made
thee a h watchman to the house of
Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
(h) Of this read (Ezekiel
Again, When a i righteous [man] doth
turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a k
stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him
warning, he shall die in his sin, and his l
righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I
require at thy hand.
(i) If he that has been instructed in the right
way turn back.
(k) I will give him up to a reprobate mind, (Romans
(l) Which seemed to have been done in faith, and
3:22 And the m
hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said to me, Arise, go forth into the
plain, and I will there talk with thee.
(m) That is, the Spirit of prophecy.
3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain:
and, behold, the n glory of the LORD
stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my
(n) Meaning, the vision of the cherubims and the
3:24 Then the spirit entered into me, and o
set me upon my feet, and spoke with me, and said to me, Go, p
shut thyself within thy house.
(o) Read (Jeremiah
(p) Signifying that not only would he not profit,
but they would grievously trouble and afflict him.
3:26 And I will make thy
tongue q cleave to the roof of thy
mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they
[are] a rebellious house.
(q) Which declares the terrible plague of the
Lord, when God stops the mouths of his ministers and that all such are the
rods of his vengeance that do it.