My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ezekiel 4

Toy seiges and side-lying

Summary:
God told Ezekiel to make a little model of Jerusalem, and make little models of seige works and to lay seige to his model. God then told him to lie on his side for 390 days, one day to bear the sin for each year of Israel's sin. Then he would lie 40 days on his other side, one day for each year of Judah's sin. During this time you will eat food cooked on poo. Dirty dirty poo, because Jerusalem would eat defiled food. Ezekiel protested, so God let him use cow poo, rather than man poo.

Jerusalem will run out of food

Key verse:
4. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.

My thoughts:
Do you sometime wish you were one of the Biblical heroes? You'd be remembered and praised for eternity. But recognition like that must come at a cost. Ezekiel's cost is described here. It certainly isn't easy doing God's work, and this is truly extreme. It makes us feel inadequate for what we do to see change in this world.

I also like the picture of some crazy prophet making a little model battle against Jerusalem. That wouldn't be that bad.

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