E Z E K I E L.
What our Lord Jesus said to St. Paul (Acts xxvi. 16) may fitly be applied
to the prophet Ezekiel, to whom the same Jesus is here speaking,
"Rise and stand upon thy feet, for I have appeared unto thee for
this purpose, to make thee a minister." We have here Ezekiel's
ordination to his office, which the vision was designed to fit him
for, not to entertain his curiosity with uncommon speculations, but
to put him into business. Now here, I. He is commissioned to go as
a prophet to the house of Israel, now captives in Babylon, and to
deliver God's messages to them from time to time, ver. 1-5. II. He is cautioned not to
be afraid of them, ver. 6.
III. He is instructed what to say to them, and has words put into
his mouth, signified by the vision of a roll, which he was ordered
to eat (ver. 7-10), and
which, in the next chapter, we find he did eat.