“Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says.’ And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 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 terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you.” (Ezekiel 2:3–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Rebellious, obstinate and stubborn. Showing a desire to resist authority, control, or convention. Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so. Having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so. Briars, thorns and scorpions.
Pretty descriptive of the post-modern culture. Better access to the truth than at any time in history — yet rebellious, obstinate and stubborn. Failing to listen or entertain the prospect that there is a God in Heaven. Rejecting any notion that He created the universe and gave us life. Unwilling to believe that Jesus, the Savior He sent, provides the only acceptable access to Him.
My Advice – “Whether they listen or fail to listen, we must speak His words to them. While facing such prospects may seem intimidating, but we need “not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them.” “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV 1984). And so, by fearlessly speaking the truth in love, “they will know that [an ambassador of Christ] has been among them.