Ezekiel 3:3, “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your stomach with the scroll I am giving you.‘ And I ate it and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.”
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Read Ezekiel 3: Moving for YHWH
To be filled with the Set-Apart Spirit you need to be emptied of yourself. You need to be naked before Father God, humble and contrite. When the Spirit of the Lord entered Ezekiel, he had been facedown in awe and fear (Ez. 2:2). Being facedown in awe of our lovingly-committed Father is such a glorious place to be, and can be considered as a glimpse of Heaven where we will experience an eternity of facedown time. Ezekiel recognised the might, power, and majesty of YHWH. He had a very REAL relationship with God and was sold out for Him, and was aware that his purpose was to serve God, no matter what. However, to achieve his purpose, he needed to get up and face the world. The Set-Apart Spirit put Ezekiel on his feet, with the intention to prepare Ezekiel to move forward and step out.
To go somewhere you need energy. In Ez. 3 we read how YHWH fed Ezekiel with a Word, His Word. Ezekiel takes in the Word of God, consumed it making it part of his being. Once we consume something it is digested in the stomach and enters the bloodstream to feed, and energize, the rest of the body. Although this scroll was full of woe, it was sweet to Ezekiel, a reminder that being obedient to YHWH is sweet (John 14:23). Taking daily bread is essential to our walk with YHWH. It is an integral part of a relationship with Father. When you really read the Scriptures, and pray about them, and pray them, you feed your soul by making the Word part of your being, part of whom you are. I have a very dear friend who she lives this every day, the Word is her energy. The Word of God is alive and gives life to those who read it.
To spend time in the Word, you need to making time, put the desire to be fed before the distractions of the world. It requires that we set our self apart, that we go into a quiet place and be still. Ezekiel not only consumed the Word of God, he was given specific words from God, do you ask for a specific Word, or do you search the index and read something that suits your desire or circumstances or soothes your conscience? Are you reading the Word to tick a box, to do the right thing (man-washed) or are you reading out of a desire to hear from God, to receive from Him, living Bread and quenching Water? This kind of food is soul food and it is given so that you may hear, speak and learn. In Ezekiel 3:2 we read that Ezekiel opened his mouth and ate THE scroll, implying that this word was specific, meant for him. Ezekiel 3:3, “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your stomach with the scroll I am giving you.‘ And I ate it and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.”
It is interesting that Ezekiel told to feed his stomach and to fill his stomach, implying that this word answered his hunger/desire and was satisfying in fulfilment. To feed would imply chewing, sucking, absorbing, enjoying, munching, extracting nutrition, and tasting. To fill means to complete, fulfil, pack in, expand, satisfy, consume, grow, take more in. The words ‘feed’ and ‘fill’ indicate that the scroll was to be digested, chewed, meditated on, prayed over. There was a completeness about YHWH’s serving that filled, this means it was to take place, and to be taken in as a whole. These verses signify that we should really take care when we feed from the Word of God.
Taking your daily bread is not a ‘drive-through’ experience, a quick fix. No, it is setting time aside – enough time to sit at His feet, the table is set, and the meal is served. We are invited to chat and talk, enjoying the company of the Saviour. Reading the Word is a sweet experience, not to be rushed or done out of duty. Remember that Father sees the heart, He does not have tick sheets to measure your worth, He loves you. Read a verse or two, chew them over, and digest them, so that they become part of your life. Let His Word give you life, meditate upon the Word of God, share it, mull it over. Don’t read and run off only to forget what you read.
Eating takeaways (fast food) is not good for you. You can’t live off packaged verses, they do have a place but are condiments to compliment your meal with the Lord. It is imperative for your spiritual health that you dine with the Father, taking time to break bread, and soak in His anointing. Let Him feed you – NOT man. Let Him show you His purpose for your life, He has a unique plan for you, and fast food on the run is not part of it.
Ezekiel 3:10, “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to YOU and hear with YOUR ears.’” Once food has been eaten and reaches the stomach, it is digested. The food is broken down and the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. The blood flows through the heart and into the body. Once the nutrients are in the blood it is almost impossible to extract them. So we are to receive the Word of God into our heart. It does not stay in the stomach, it satisfies our soul, and energizes so that we can move in His will. The heart basically feeds the mind… Ezekiel was told to receive the Word in his heart, to feed the body, and mind, so that he could go forth and fulfil the purpose God had for him.
The purpose of feeding on Scripture is to share it. To share the Word of God with others we need to know what the Word says about living. Some of us may be teachers, pastors, or evangelists. The best teachers are those who are knowledgeable and a firm understanding of their teaching practises and philosophy. To speak without Biblical knowledge or without the anointing of the Set-Apart-Spirit of Truth is folly and often comes from a need for self-gratification or pride. God tells Ezekiel to feed, fill, and receive, what He gives to him. Ezekiel is told to listen with HIS ears to what God tells him. Not listen to hearsay, what he felt, or assumed; no it was specifically to listen to what YHWH told him. To speak the Word of God in vain is blasphemy, and when spoken for self-gratification it is very dangerous, to the speaker and receiver of that word. Be wary of people who approach you with “I feel that …” or “I sense that God MIGHT…” When YHWH speaks there will be NO doubt, He is sovereign and will reveal to you what needs to be revealed. Always pray about prophesy you are given, ask someone that you trust to pray with you. I say these things in no disrespect, but out of love.
After Ezekiel had eaten, and filled his stomach, he was lifted and moved in the Spirit. He did not go out of his own accord or on a whim, he was filled with the Spirit and had been prepared by the Word of YHWH. All too often we move on our own, or impulsively on a whim. When you immerse yourself in the Word of God, as Ezekiel did, the move will be real and strong. Ezekiel writes in verse 14, ‘and I went out in bitterness in the heart of my spirit.’ God had forewarned Ezekiel of hard-heartedness and stubborn spirits, so Ezekiel would not be looking forward to what he had to do, it was not something that he naturally would have undertaken. However, Ezekiel was fed and ready to step out. I know from experience that sometimes YHWH asks that us to step out of our comfort zone, and this may feel scary but it is in these moments that you need to lay down yourself, be fed by YHWH, and let the Set-Apart-Spirit of Truth move you.
Ezekiel laid his anxieties, desires and self down, he did what he was asked to do. He loved Father so much that he wanted to fulfil the purpose YHWH had for his life. He trusted YHWH explicitly, he was confident in who he was in the Father’s Hand. Ezekiel had experienced the glory of YHWH, he had spent time facedown in the very presence of God. He fed on the Word of God, walked into his calling regardless of what it required. There were no ‘drive-through’ diets in his life, he sat in His presence, eating His word, listening to His Word, being fulfilled and satisfied, and was moved by the Spirit. What a prophet!
Oh Father, I desire to be fed by You, to come into Your presence, sit at Your table, and eat Your Word. Fill me and feed my spirit so that there is more of You in my life, and less of me. Provide me with energy to do Your will, to share with others, to bring glory to Your Name.