(17 verses, 2:48 to read)
What I am about to READ
- God instructs Ezekiel to stage an elaborate depiction of the downfall of Jerusalem.
- vv. 1-3: Ezekiel is to make a representation of Jerusalem under siege.
- vv. 4-8: Ezekiel is to lay on one side or the other for a certain period of time to represent the number of years God will punish Israel and Judah.
- vv. 9-17: Ezekiel is to eat bread cooked on cow dung to symbolize the dismay and affliction with which the people of Jerusalem will eat bread during the time of siege.
- The Lord often commanded the prophet to engage in dramatic acts to symbolize a message He wished to communicate to His people. In this case, the Lord sends Ezekiel to demonstrate the affliction Jerusalem will undergo at the hand of the Babylonians.
- Note that the Lord initially commanded Ezekiel to cook his bread on human dung, but the prophet objects, due to the laws concerning cleanliness. God relents and gives him cow dung as an alternative. The point stands, however, that God will bring utter woe upon His people for their sin, including removing the lamp of His Word from among them.
- Prayer: O Lord, teach us to abide Your Word, that we might not be consumed by Your just wrath over sin. Grant us confidence to hold to the promise of salvation found in Christ, despite the outward circumstances of our lives. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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