Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 2:6 which says,
“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.”
Okay, so this is the Lord talking to Ezekiel. And He (the Lord) is saying that Ezekiel should go to the Israelite people and tell them what the Lord wants him (Ezekiel) to. But what is He (the Lord) talking about when He says “briers and thorns” and “scorpions”, what is that supposed to mean? Well that is just a reference to the Israelite people. He is saying that they are rebellious and that they were like briers, thorns and scorpions. But why would the Lord call Ezekiel the son of man? Of course he is a son of man, why would He (the Lord) say that?
Well the answer to that question is that this passage is pointing forward to the cross, Jesus and us. How? Well the Israelite people were rebellious, and like scorpions. And so were we, we were sinners, and we were rebellious to God. And the Lord called Ezekiel “son of man”, and you might remember Jesus called Himself the son of man. And so what the Lord is calling Ezekiel is pointing forward to Christ.
But what does all of this mean? Jesus being the son of man, us being rebellious sinners? And what do thorns have to do with it? Well the thorns that the passage in Ezekiel talked about was also a picture of Jesus. Because Jesus on the cross had a crown of thorns on His head. But what all of this points forward to is the cross!
We were wretched sinners that were going to die because we weren’t perfect and we didn’t have a perfect sacrifice. But the son of man, or Jesus, was that sacrifice. How? By dying on the cross for our sins. He took our sins and our place on the cross, onto Him, and He died for us. Wait, God would die for our sins, why? Yes God would and did die for our sins, and the reason that Jesus died for us is because He loved (and loves) us!
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV Romans 5:8)
Jesus died for us because He loved us. And we need to worship Him because of it, and that should be the response that we always have when we hear the gospel.
Ezekiel was going to prophecy to the people what the Lord told Him to, and He had to do it even though they were rebellious and it was like being surrounded by thorns. And that is a picture of us and Jesus because we were sinners that were rebellious and Jesus was the good news (the Gospel) when He died on the cross. And Jesus had a crown of thorns on His head, not to mention all of God’s wrath and all of our sins on Him. And because He died for us, we should worship Him.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your one and only savior?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.