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The three biblical texts from Ezekiel 2:2-5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, and Mark 6:1-6 provide us with deep insights into how faith, humility, and obedience to God's call can shape our lives.

The Calling and Sending of the Prophet (Ezekiel 2:2-5)

In Ezekiel 2:2-5, we see how the prophet Ezekiel is called by God to serve as a prophet to the rebellious nation of Israel. When God speaks to him, the Spirit enters Ezekiel and sets him on his feet. "As he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet." (Ezekiel 2:2). This shows that Ezekiel did not stand or speak by his own strength. The Spirit of God gave him the strength and firmness to hear and follow God's instructions. In our lives, we often face seemingly impossible tasks. However, through the Holy Spirit, we are given the strength to fulfill God's call.

Ezekiel was sent to the stubborn and disobedient Israelites. "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me." (Ezekiel 2:3). Ezekiel's task was to deliver God's message to them, regardless of their attitude. This teaches us the importance of obedience and faithfulness in proclaiming the truth, even to those who may not want to listen.

What matters is that they will know a prophet has been among them. "Whether they listen or fail to listen — for they are a rebellious people — they will know that a prophet has been among them." (Ezekiel 2:5). In our lives, we are called to be witnesses of Christ, sharing His love and truth, regardless of how others respond.

Strength in Weakness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul speaks of the "thorn in the flesh" given to him and how he learned to accept his weakness through God's grace. "Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me." (2 Corinthians 12:7). Paul acknowledges that the thorn in the flesh was given to keep him humble. This reminds us that sometimes God allows difficulties in our lives to teach us humility and dependence on Him.

God told Paul that His grace was sufficient and that His power was made perfect in Paul's weakness. "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" (2 Corinthians 12:9). Our weakness is where God's power can be most evident. We must learn to accept our weaknesses as opportunities for God to work in our lives.

Paul embraced his weakness and even boasted about it because Christ's power would be more evident in his life. "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). In our weakness, the true strength of God will enable us to face all difficulties and sufferings.

Rejection in Nazareth (Mark 6:1-6)

In Mark 6:1-6, we see how Jesus visits His hometown of Nazareth and is rejected by the people there. "On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. 'Where did this man get these things?' they asked. 'What's this wisdom that has been given him? 

What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?'" (Mark 6:2). Although the people of Nazareth were initially amazed at Jesus' teaching and miracles, they soon doubted Him because they knew His background as a carpenter's son. They could not accept that someone they knew so well could be the Messiah. This shows how prejudice and familiarity can hinder one from accepting the truth.

Their unbelief led them to reject Jesus. "And they took offense at him." (Mark 6:3). They could not overcome their own prejudices to see who Jesus truly was. This reminds us that unbelief and prejudice can prevent us from receiving God's blessings and truth.

Jesus performed few miracles in Nazareth because of the people's lack of faith. "He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them." (Mark 6:5). This shows the close connection between faith and experiencing God's power. Their unbelief limited their experience of Jesus' power and work. Jesus Himself was amazed at their lack of faith, emphasizing the importance of faith in receiving miracles and blessings from God.


From these three texts, we learn the importance of faith, humility, and obedience to God's call. Ezekiel, Paul, and Jesus each demonstrate how we should face challenges, weaknesses, and rejection by relying on God's strength and grace. Let us learn to trust God more in all aspects of our lives and allow His power to work through our weaknesses, for His glory.

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