Ezekiel 33:21-22 (JDV)
Ezekiel 33:21 In the twelfth year of our exile, in the tenth month, on the fifth day of the month, a fugitive from Jerusalem came to me and reported, “The city has been taken!”
Ezekiel 33:22 Now the hand of Yahveh had been on me the evening before the fugitive arrived, and he opened my mouth before the man came to me in the morning. So my mouth was opened and I was no longer mute.
Ashish Raichur points out that “the hand of the Lord” — a phrase I translate “the hand of Yahveh” … “is used often throughout the book of Ezekiel in connection with him receiving the word or having a prophetic experience.” 1
In this case, the hand of Yahveh had made the prophet mute — until the time was right for him to proclaim the word. Such would be the case for John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah as well.
What mode are you in right now? Are you in mute mode, waiting for the opportunity, or unmute mode, ready to speak?
1 Raichur, Ashish. Understanding the Prophetic: A Training Manual for Prophetic Ministry. 2010. p. 27