The Word of God and the Servant of God

The Prophets of old and the servants of the new Covenant all had a definite call from God to serve Him. In spite of them and their desires these men and women were moved by the power of God to accomplish whatever God wanted to do through their lives. Prophet Ezekiel was one such person. God’s call and preparatory work are clearly evident in the lives of His servants.

“Son of man, do not fear them or their words. Don’t be afraid even though their threats surround you like nettles and briers and stinging scorpions. Do not be dismayed by their dark scowls, even though they are rebels. You must give them my messages whether they listen or not. But they won’t listen, for they are completely rebellious! Son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not join them in their rebellion. Open your mouth, and eat what I give you.” (Eze.2:1-8 NLT)

The work of the Word

The servant hears the voice of God through the Word of God,. It is the life transforming Word that moves people and turns them around. Paul says in Rom.10:17 (NKJV) that “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” As one reads, listens and meditates on God’s Word, the Spirit of God uses it to communicated to him and to generate faith that pleases God. As this continues, the Spirit of God will begin to move in and through his life. In the case of Ezekiel, as he listened to God’s Word, the Spirit of God took hold of him and lifted him up to his feet, enabling him to stand up.

As God’s servants speak it out, it is the Word of God that speaks to people today. The Spirit of God uses it to convict, regenerate, rebuke, encourage, strengthen, commission and transform those who pay attention.

The response to the Word

The servant is commanded to proclaim the Word as it is given to him. His dignity, status or security should not come in the way of doing this. Irrespective of what the audience’s response is he has to proclaim it. The accountability aspect is individual. You do what you are commanded to do. Your listener is responsible to do what he is told. It is not the servants’ responsibility to see that the listener obeys, rather he is responsible to tell the message as God had said it.

The role of the servant

The servant has a significant role to play in the proclamation of the Word. He can be tempted to dilute the message in view of material gain, personal interests, or personal and family security. He can also become so used to it that he may take it for granted. When the message is distorted, the servant is causing his listeners to err and go astray while inviting God’s wrath upon himself. In order to avoid this there are specific instructions to the servant, like: ‘don’t be afraid of the audience, don’t rebel, be brave, listen’, and so on.

Listen carefully to everything I say and then think about it. Then go to the people who were brought here to Babylonia with you and tell them you have a message from me, the LORD God. Do this, whether they listen to you or not. (Eze.3:10-11 CEV)

The imagery of eating God’s Word points to the seriousness of the whole mission. The servant must literally feed on it and internalize the message before he can proclaim it. He should be so convinced and filled with the message that it will flow out of him with the same force and effect. The process of intent listening and meditating is suggested so that the servant is able to boldly say “thus says the LORD”.

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