It’s easy to get confused right off the bat when you open Ezekiel. The book begins with the most complex prophetic commission text in the Old Testament. Chapter 1 immediately launches you into a vision filled with strange things such as human but animal-like creatures, wheels within wheels, and fluttering wings that sound like an army. It's pretty bizarre. And if this psychedelic visionary experience isn’t enough to stump you, chapters 2-3 recount how Ezekiel is commanded to eat (yes, eat!) and digest a scroll as a part of his prophetic calling. Not exactly low hanging fruit for heartwarming devotions. But don’t rush past chapters 1-3. They’re key to grasping the message of Ezekiel. All the plotlines and tensions are introduced here and then resolved in the remaining chapters. So if you want to understand the man and his message, you’ve got to figure out what’s going on here.