‘He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.’ (Ezekiel 2:1-2. NRSV)
Ezekiel is unique in the Old Testament in saying that the Holy Spirit ‘entered into’ him. Elsewhere we read of the Spirit being upon people, but not entering into them.
We do, however, read of one other person in the Old Testament who was ‘filled … with the divine spirit’ (see Exodus 31:2-5), and he was filled with the Spirit to design and create everything for the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place on earth which was based on the heavenly pattern. God filled Bezalel with the Spirit to build his tabernacle, and we are filled with the Spirit to build his church!
I came to know Jesus by asking God to baptize me in the Holy Spirit, which he did. I know nothing except a Spirit-filled Christian life. What some people consider not necessary is normality for me, and always has been!
God shared a great vision with Ezekiel, but it overwhelmed him. It was only when the Spirit then entered into him that he was able to respond God and listen to him, and go on from there to prophesy to the Jews in Exile as God asked him to. Like him we need the Spirit in us to enable us to do the work God has called us to do!
Heavenly Father, fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit. So that when you speak I am able to hear and receive what you say, and then to go out and speak and do it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!