Before the Session
Facilitator: In advance of the session
- Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
- Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
- Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media)
Introduce today’s session by asking a question like this:
- When God calls us to serve, do you think God desires faithfulness or results… or both? Explain your answer.
Read aloud today’s focal passage, Ezekiel 2:1-3:11, and watch the Bible Background Video.
Then, use the following questions to guide discussion.
Examine the Passage
- What does God call Ezekiel throughout the passage (see for example 2:1,3,6), and what significance does this title have?
Under whose power does Ezekiel stand (2:2), and what might this signify?
How does God describe the Israelite people in verses 2:3-5 and 3:8-9? What emotions does God seem to express toward these people, and why?
God says Ezekiel should not fear retribution from the people (2:6-7). Why?
How has Ezekiel proven that he is different from the people of Israel (2:8)?
Discuss the significance of Ezekiel’s vision (2:9-3:3) – what was on the scroll, and how did it taste? Would you expect the scroll to taste sweet? What could this symbolize?
Why might it have been easier for Ezekiel to go to people other than his own people (3:4-7)?
What do you think it means that God will make Ezekiel hard like the people (3:8-9)?
God repeatedly predicts the people will not listen or respond to the message – what then is the point of sending Ezekiel?
Engage the Message
God commands Ezekiel to proclaim, no matter the response – in what way are we called to do the same?
Discuss the difference between faithfulness and results. Why do we (as Americans and/or Westerners) place so much emphasis on results… and what does this passage remind us about our obedience to God?
Does this mean we should not care about the response?
How might Ezekiel’s vision in 2:9-3:3, speak to the way we receive and proclaim God’s word?
What do you make of God’s seeming resignation with the people’s rebellion? Does this mean God has no hope for them?
- To what act of faithfulness is God calling me today?
- In whose hands is the outcome?
Close this session with a prayer asking God to give us the strength to be faithful followers, even when the task seems difficult or futile.