This week in chapel, Dr. John Hilber continued the chapel series on An Appropriate Example: A Call to Action by preaching out of the Scripture Ezekiel 2:1 – 3:15. Although Ezekiel is not listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11, he is an example of one who faced severe persecution with perseverance even when he did not see the fulfillment of the things he hoped for. In Ezekiel 2, the Lord sends Ezekiel to the covenant people, the Israelites, a people who were hard of heart and stubborn; the Lord urges Ezekiel to refrain from rebellion and to open his mouth to eat what the Lord gives. Ezekiel was to ingest the message of God to receive the word for himself and take it to heart before he was able to take the message to the Israelites.

As Ezekiel did, we are to be hearers of the word, even when it is inconvenient. We are to receive the word of God and be people who hear rather than those who refuse to listen. We are to have confidence in the God who will come for the resurrection of His people.

Listen to the full sermon below.


Dr. John Hilber currently serves as professor of Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and holds a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He recently returned to GRTS after a one-year sabbatical at the Henry Center of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he studied issues related to reading Genesis in an age of science. He has been married to Charlotte for 37 years, and they have one adult daughter.