And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.” Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me. And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. (Ezekiel 2:1:3 NKJV)
Behind the Word – Son of man – (Hebrew) ben ‘adam. Used once as a name for Daniel, and repeatedly (93 times) in Ezekiel. Literally, a male in the line of Adam or in the line of humanity from Adam. Etymologically a Semitic idiom, taken to mean humanity in general, here used by God as He encountered and called Ezekiel.
One day a little Israelite boy was born in Jerusalem and his parents named him Ezekiel. The name means God will strengthen. When the Babylonians took Jerusalem captive Ezekiel was transported to Babylon. Years later, Zeke saw the fiery whirlwind coming at him and the next thing he knew, he was prostrate before God, then ordered to stand and listen — And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.” No matter what your mama says, whatever God calls you is your name. God called Ezekiel son of man. God was pouring an amazing vision into Ezekiel and issuing and empowering a challenging call. By calling Ezekiel son of man God was issuing perspective. Paul, although he experienced amazing visions and a challenging, but God empowered call, also received a form of perspective on his humanity — And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. (2 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV) God’s call on the lives of these men both lifted them before humanity until time ends, and snatched them from any semblance of a “normal” life of their choosing.
Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me. God ordered Ezekiel to stand, then stood him up. Just as the Spirit of God entered him, God spoke to him and issued his life calling. Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel…
God doesn’t stop by to chat. He doesn’t push the dust around with his foot and slowly get to the point once He sees I am comfortable. He is the point. Whether He chooses to speak to me from the clouds, through the inner witness of the Holy Spirit of through His Word, the success of my response is determined by simple and immediate obedience to God’s plan by setting aside my plans. Many times I have failed when I have comingled my plans with His as if I could improve His idea.
Isaiah recorded this — For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
Are you negotiating God’s call, God’s way on your life to something more comfortable?
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.