Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
As the young preacher stands to preach, he is often fearful. The faces of the people sometimes appear to be unsympathetic, even of the believers. Ezekiel the prophet was going to be preaching to a rebellious group. He was told not to be afraid.
They would say ugly things, but he shouldn’t allow that to hinder him. Even if they were rude to him and didn’t help take care of him, he should continue to preach. He was not to be afraid. He was not to get discouraged because of their looks. God warned him that they were rebelling against God Himself.
All preachers need to remember that they preach to an audience of One. People often cause us to think that they do not love us. They make us feel like we do not measure up whether intentionally or unintentionally. We must do right. We must preach because He sent us not because the people like or dislike us.
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