3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
3:4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
3:5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
Commentary on 3:1-3 [18 August 2007]: We are to incorporate Yehuveh’s word into our very beings. Unless we do this, we do not receive it at all. We will live all that we truly believe. Just as Moses stated, there is only one reason Yehuveh gives us His instruction, His words: “Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which Yehuveh hath commanded, that ye should do them.” Thirty-two times [Exodus 35:1; Leviticus 19:37; 20:8, 22; 22:31; 25:18; 26:3; Numbers 15:39; Deuteronomy 4:1, 6, 14; 5:1, 31; 6:1; 7:11-12; 11:22; 17:19; 19:9; 26:16; 27:26; 28:13; 29:9; 2 Kings 18:12; Nehemiah 1:9; Psalms 103:18; Jeremiah 11:4, 6; Ezekiel 11:20; 20:19, 21; 33:31-32; 36:27; 37:24; 43:11] Yehuveh appeals to us: “Ye shall therefore keep all My statutes, and all My judgments, and do them.” Yehuveh accomplishes our “heart-transplantation” only in this manner: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.” Exodus 35:1; Leviticus 20:22; Ezekiel 36:26-27.
Commentary on 3:4-7 [18 August 2007]: What a sad disclosure. Even before Yehuveh appeals to Israel, the nation He chose and favored, He realizes it will accomplish nothing. In spite of all He has done for them, they refuse to hear. How profound that they, of all people, are rebellious. He revealed the same reality to Isaiah: “I am sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not: I said, Behold Me, behold Me, unto a nation that was not called by My name. I have spread out My hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; a people that provoketh Me to anger continually to my face.” How appalling that Yehuveh can state these things. No wonder He appeals, “Be ye not as your fathers; . . . they did not hear, nor hearken unto Me.” Isaiah 65:1-3; Zechariah 1:4.
Originally Written: 18 August 2007
Latest Update: 20 August 2007
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