Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 7:1-9:11 (additional reading: Psalm 105:1-15 & Proverbs 26:28 )
Ezekiel certainly marched to the beat of a different drummer. The Bible very clearly says to us some very strange things that this prophet did to gain his hearer’s attention.
- He drew a small map of Jerusalem on the ground and then set up toy soldiers with armies complete with battering rams to show how Israel was going to be taken down (4:1-3).
- He lay on the ground on his left side for 390 days to symbolize the sin of the Northern Kingdom. Each day was symbolic of a year (4:4-5).
- He then lay on the ground of his right side for 40 days to symbolize the sin of the Southern Kingdom. Each day was symbolic of a year (4:6).
- He cooked a very scant meal with mixed grains and then cooked it over cow dung. This object lesson was to show how scarce that food was ultimately going to be (4:9-17).
- He shaved his head and beard. Then he divided the cuttings into three parts. One part was burned, a second was cut up with a sword, and a third was scattered to the wind. All of this was to give Judah and Jerusalem a picture of their trouble. One third of the people would die by fire in a siege, one third would die by the sword, and one third would be scattered to the winds (5:1-4).
- He dug an entrance through the city wall. He took some of his baggage and placed it outside his home. In the evening he dug an escape hole through the wall. As he went through the hole, carrying the baggage, he covered his face. This was significant of the exiles having to hurriedly leave their homes. The hole in the wall symbolized their desperation to leave the doomed city. His covered face depicted Zedekiah, Judah’s last king, who was blinded by Nebuchadnezzar (12:1-16).
- He trembled as he ate (12:17-20).
- He would weep in public (21:1-7).
- He took a sword and had an imaginary fencing duel (21:9-17).
- He drew a map of the Middle East and traced two routes on it (21:18-22).
- He boiled a pot of water until the meat and vegetables were cooked. He then tossed it out and let the pot keep cooking until the whole pot was burned out to eliminate the rust and scum (24:1-14).
- He remained tearless at his wife’s funeral at the command of God (24:2).
All in all, one quickly notes that this prophet was willing to do the radical for God and to let people know His message. The question is what are we willing to do? How radical are we willing to be?