“They won’t listen to you because they won’t listen to me.” Ezekiel 3:7
There is a saying, “You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” God learned he could speak his piece, but he couldn’t make the rebellious Israelites listen. Therefore, he commanded Ezekiel to be his spokesman. First, gave Ezekiel a book, with strong language of mourning and doom, which must have represented God’s anger, and told Ezekiel to eat it. Ezekiel said, “It tasted so good–just like honey.” With this, God fortified Ezekiel to be strong and to take God’s message to the Israelites.
The Israelites had been acting like out of control teenagers. I’ve known a few. I remember times when raising my three children (who I can’t remember as being overly rebellious), and I’d say something to one of them, and it went in one ear and out the other. I could hardly wait for their father to get home to give them another chance to hear what I had said.
There is a Rule of Seven concept in the field of marketing. Prospects need to hear or see the material or presentation seven times before the customer gets it and makes a purchase. Perhaps God needed Ezekiel to be his marketing expert.
Lord, when sharing your story, give us patience for the process. Amen.