Mark 6:1-13, 7 Pentecost

In today’s OT lesson (Ezekiel 2:1-5), we hear from the prophet Ezekiel.  God’s people are in Babylonian captivity in what is now Iraq, in about 600 BC. The people are disoriented and confused and lost. They are suffering. The Lord God gives Ezekiel a message for his people. That is, people, your trouble is because you have rebelled against your God, you and your ancestors; you are “impudent and stubborn”. Your suffering is all on you. God says to Ezekiel that he can tell the people it’s coming from him, God. “You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’” Then God adds the significant point for this morning. He tells Ezekiel, “Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious […]