Read Ezekiel 2 today.

The previous chapter was the background for this chapter, which includes God’s invitation for Ezekiel to become a prophet. As a prophet, he was responsible to speak for God. He was not responsible for the response of the people.
One of the things I noticed as I read was in verse 4, “but I am sending you.” God already knew of the people’s history of rebelliousness. He already knew they were unlikely to respond well. Yet, God was unwilling to give up on them. God was still seeking them, even when they had turned their backs on Him. This is the nature of God. Regardless of our history, God seeks us as well.
Ezekiel 2:3-8 NLT
“Son of man,” he said, “I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day. [4] They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ [5] And whether they listen or refuse to listen-for remember, they are rebels-at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.
[6] “Son of man, do not fear them or their words. Don’t be afraid even though their threats surround you like nettles and briers and stinging scorpions. Do not be dismayed by their dark scowls, even though they are rebels. [7] You must give them my messages whether they listen or not. But they won’t listen, for they are completely rebellious! [8] Son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not join them in their rebellion. Open your mouth, and eat what I give you.”
Matthew 18:12-14 NLT
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? [13] And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! [14] In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.