(Read Ezekiel 1:1-3)
…and once again it seems that I have the support of Scripture to confirm what I could only claim as my own experience.
Although I would never claim to have a lot in common with the lives of these Old Testament prophets, or, for that matter, our New Testament witnesses, I can confidently affirm that Jesus also came to me first before I had the presence of mind to choose Him.
That much is clear to me as being in common with Ezekiel’s ministry.
He chose me first.
And certainly He Alone chose the job description.
At this point one will do well to consider the job description indicated here in these initial passages. First off, our prophet’s status is our first matter of issue, beginning with his being of prime age and at a less-than-prime location (v. 1). Here’s the exact point the Lord chooses to introduce His intervention. He waits until after that point to disclose Ezekiel’s pedigree and political standing (vv. 2, 3), including his name (God strengthens) and his earthly father’s name (my contempt).
(1 Cor. 1:25-29)
Interesting choices. Also, a very revealing message regarding the disparity between God’s sense of value and mankind’s. For indeed there can be no value without His intervention.
Meanwhile, maybe this isn’t your testimony. I know I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, for most turn up dead first, but I know I ended up in this kind of “captive” condition before my senses were open enough to the Lord…before He decided it was time to intervene in my circumstances…and when He did, it was an unmistakable experience for all the senses.