Ezekiel was a prophet of a priestly family carried captive to Babylon in 597 B.C. More than any other prophet, Ezekiel was directed to involve himself personally in the divine word by acting it out in prophetic symbolism. God commanded Ezekiel to eat a scroll.
He must ingest the Lord’s message that he is commissioned to bring to the exiles so that it becomes as it were, a very part of his being. The scroll was sweet to the taste even though its contents were bitter. Through all the ups and downs of his ministry, Ezekiel testified to the sovereign God whom he was commissioned to serve.