‘There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. 2 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city. 3 They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’ 4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”5 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the Lord says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind. 6 You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead. (Ezekiel 11v1b-6)
Unlike many of the scriptures in the Old Testament in which God’s Spirit comes upon the person to revive them so they can continue with their task, in this section the Holy Spirit comes upon Ezekiel instructing him to prophesies against the leaders of Israel.
It’s hard to imagine what was going through Ezekiel’s mind as God instructed him to prophesy against these men. Possibly, he felt fear that once this was over he would have to explain himself before the leadership for why he had embarrassed them like that in public. But embarrass them he must. That option is not one that is left open to Ezekiel and he must trust that God knows best in this situation and will protect him for whatever fallout occurs afterwards.
In John 16v8 Jesus tells the disciples that ‘When (The Holy Spirit) comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin, righteousness and judgment.’ All of which begs:
Q) Why does the Holy Spirit have to prove the world to be wrong and acting against God?
A) Because people that are closed to God’s Holy Spirit are unable to feel complelled or convicted by God. Hence, the reason why God calls on Ezekiel to challenge them, hard as it might be. After all, they are supposed to be leaders and receptive to God but sadly fail.