The Preacher's Charge
I was reading through Ezekiel this morning and this particular passage struck me. I would say that this parallels The Great Commission, but gives a bit more detail to it.
Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate. Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.” Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I will speak to you and listen closely. Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, `Thus says the Lord GOD .’ ” (Eze 3:4-11)
Is this not the charge that we have from God? That our boldness for Him would be as fierce as unbelievers’ opposition? To preach nothing but “Thus says the LORD?”
And this goes two-fold for preachers!