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Eat This Roll

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Pastor David Green
Ezekiel 2:1-3:3
I love me a good roll. I remember when my grandma was alive and she would make homemade rolls I could smell them long before I got over to her house. Not only did they smell good but they tasted real good too.
This roll isn’t that kind of a roll. The roll spoken of here is better even than Grandma’s homemade rolls. He is talking about a scroll which was used to record the Bible.
It’s interesting the imagery used here. And that’s what I believe this is. It’s a spiritual calling that Ezekiel was called to and I believe that this was a vision or at least something to take spiritual. And by the same token, I believe we ought to EAT THIS ROLL TOO.
He said it was sweet like honey.
Have you ever had honey? Cant you taste it now as you think about it? Now, if someone were to come and tell you that honey was bitter or sour you wouldn’t believe it would you? They’re either dumb or they never tasted it before.
So it is with the Word of God. Isn’t God’s Word so sweet?
Sweeter than honey….
Psalm 19:7-11
Psalm 119:103
Psalm 34:8
You’ll only know by experience. Taste and see that God is good. Ain’t nobody ever gotten a taste of something so sweet as what we have!
Oh there’s so many books. Other rolls out there. Study those if you can get them but eat this one. This is the only perfect book, only God’s Word.
1 Timothy 4:15
Our time and energy ought to go to the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. Why yes of course, your pastor ought to be there. But so should you!
This week I took an online course on how to use Logos Bible Software better, and the host shared The Power of Four research showing the significant impact of more and better Bible study.
Someone who engages the Bible 4 or more times a week is:
407% more likely to memorize scripture
228% more likely to share faith with others
59% less likely to view pornography
30% less likely to struggle with loneliness
Ezekiel 3:3
This was a commandment from Christ for the prophet to eat.
I gotta say this, and I feel its really important. Folks, there’s some things that are in the Old Testament which are applicable like I’m making application now but some preachers take things a bit too far.
There are no prophets alive today.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
Prophesies have been done away with since that which is perfect is come. What’s he talking about? He’s talking about the revealed Word of God.
Context is key and understanding the truth of God’s Word is very important, but some of these guys will run with things that they shouldn’t run with. I heard one fellow preaching talking about “Touch Not The Lord’s Anointed.” He says since it is in the Word of God it is important to which I would agree, but it was never written about a Pastor and never to stop a someone from questioning or disagreeing with the actions of a pastor, especially when those actions are unscriptural - outside the normal actions of Baptist preachers.
Acts 17:11
Notice the Bereans were checking out - searching the Scriptures daily to see if the preaching was Biblical. Paul didn’t write “Touch not the Lord’s annointed!” He called them noble. We often think of nobility as a social class ranking right below royalty. We see in this text true nobility has nothing to do with social class, power material possessions, or ancestry. I like what Brother Tom Ross wrote on this passage:
“The Bereans were earnest seekers of truth. They did not merely go on the word of the preacher, they searched the Scriptures to see if the things being preached were so. I am convinced that if more professing Christians had the spirit of the Bereans we would have a lot less heresy in our day. The Bereans did not merely pick up their Bibles one day a week, rather they sought to mine truths of Scripture every day. Every Christian needs to spend some time in the Word of God every day. Not only should we read it, we should search it out as we would for hid treasures. Time spent in earnest study of the Scriptures is never wasted. If more Baptist church members followed the example of the Bereans there wouldn’t be so many churches compromising and departing from the faith once delivered unto the saints.” (A Baptist Exposition of the Book of Acts, p 240)
Every sound pastor I know would say Amen to that!
Back to our text:
Ezekiel 3:3
“And fill thy bowels….” Satisfy yourself.. Take enough. Be full and be satisfied..
Something similar happened to John on the isle of Patmos.
Revelation 10:8-11
Same like Ezekiel’s book. As a matter of fact, the results were the same. Sweet in the mouth, but bitter in the belly.
Go back and let’s take a look there:
Ezekiel 3:4-14
It is not pleasing to warn of hell and wrath from the human standpoint. Many so-called preachers shy away from these teachings because they don’t want to think of God in this manner. They want to think of a God of love only. However, we must deliver all messages, whether pleasing or not.
But before we deliver the message we must eat the scroll. We must eat it. Digest it. Meditate on it. The messages might be tough on the flesh. Bitter in the belly. But sweet nonetheless. Why? Because it’s the Word of God!
It’s sweet also because He said to do it. And the best thing we can do is obey Him.
John 15:14
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