playing in the dirt
Ezekiel 4:1-3 (JDV)
Ezekiel 4:1 “Now you, son of Adam, take a brick, set it in front of you, and chisel ‘the city of Jerusalem’ on it.
Ezekiel 4:2 Then lay siege to it: Construct a siege wall, build a ramp, pitch military camps, and place battering rams against it on all sides.
Ezekiel 4:3 Take an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between yourself and the city. Face it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel.
I have been asked to do some interesting things as a minister of the gospel, but nobody has ever asked me to get down in the dirt, and play like I did when I was a kid. It must have been embarrassing for Ezekiel to do this — out in front of everyone.
But we cannot avoid the call to prophesy, even if it puts us in embarrassing situations sometimes.
The apostle Paul said “since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching” (1 Corinthians 1:21 NET).
LORD, if the people you call us to communicate with cannot hear the message any other way, give us the courage to embarrass ourselves preaching it.