Ezekiel 10-12, Hebrews 4
Ezekiel has done a lot of ‘role play’ so far as an example to the Israelites of what is coming:
*Shutting himself inside his home, bound with ropes, unable to speak due to dry mouth (signifying captivity, bondage & dehydration)
*Symbolizing the siege of Jerusalem by drawing the city on a tablet or brick, using things to symbolize battering rams and iron walls, laying on one side for 390 days to bear Israel’s sin, then switching to lay on his right side for 40 days, all while this model siege is taking place (I’m thinking little green army men might’ve been involved had they been invented?).
*He shaves His head & beard to symbolize the burning of different groups (yet he tucks away a ‘remnant’ in his garment).
*Packing his belongings as if he was leaving for exile
Repeatedly, and in different ways, the Lord is trying to get through to a stubborn, rebellious people. “Perhaps they will listen, turn, and repent.” We know what happened—they didn’t.
Let us examine our own hearts—with scripture, which penetrates soul and spirit, joints and marrow. Where am I️ not listening or obeying today? What is the Lord trying to repeatedly show me that I️ am ignoring? We have Jesus, a High Priest who can help us if we come boldly to His throne of mercy.
Amen. I join you in that prayer!
Thank you for this explanation, Sarah May. I get a little overwhelmed with Ezekiel, and I’m not at all sure I understand what’s going on!
That’s great, Ellen! I️ just pray for understanding and then look for things/themes that are common in a book or passage to make sense or apply them to my life. I’m glad they’re helpful! I️ also watch the videos on the YouVersion app—they really help explain the context & purpose of each book.
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