|2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.
2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;
2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.
Commentary on 2:6 [17 August 2007]: In contrast to the popular clergy, the ministers hired by their congregations to please them, “the priests thereof [who] teach for hire, and the prophets thereof [who] divine for money,” Yehuveh’s prophets are only ever given one assignment: Fearlessly tell them what I said! Micah 3:11.
Every prophet to whom Yehuveh has given a direct assignment has been strengthened with “fear not” messages: Abraham [Genesis 15:1], Moses [Exodus 4:12], Joshua [Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:9], Gideon [Judges 6:23], David [1 Samuel 23:17], Solomon [1 Chronicles 28:20], Elijah [2 Kings 1:15], Jehoshaphat [2 Chronicles 20:17], Isaiah [Isaiah 40:10, 17; 50:7; 51:12], Jeremiah [Jeremiah 1:8, 17], Ezekiel [Ezekiel 3:8, 9], Daniel [Daniel 10:19], Micah [Micah 3:8].
Commentary on 2:7 [18 August 2007]: In 1946 Weizmann spoke Yehuveh’s appeals with power and clarity, but those attending the 22nd Zionist Congress would not hear. “Weizmann made a great emotional impact on the Congress, yet it rejected him politically. . . . After that rebuff Weizmann would no longer allow his name to go forward for the presidency, and that office was left unfilled, out of respect to Weizmann.” Already, even before declaring national existence, they were “most rebellious.” O’Brien, Conor Cruise. The Siege: The Saga of Israel and Zionism. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1986. P. 271.
Commentary on 2:8-10 [18 August 2007]: Regardless of the response of Israel, Yehuveh’s spokesmen and prophets must not deviate from Yehuveh’s words. Isaiah’s response to Yehuveh is to be ours: “Yehuveh Elohim hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. Yehuveh Elohim hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” Isaiah 50:4-5.
Eating the words of Yehuveh is a powerful illustration of making them our own—believing them and allowing them to change our lives. Jeremiah had this same experience: “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Yehuveh Elohim of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16. Cf. Ezekiel 3:1-3, 10.
Originally Written: 18 August 2007
Latest Update: 22 August 2007
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