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The Book of Ezekiel – Part 4

Calvary Baptist church–SOTB–The Book Of Ezekiel–Part 4


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  1. LET THE ACTING BEGIN. (Ezekiel 4)

  2. SIGN ONE:
    A prophecy and Act concerning the Siege of Jerusalem.

  3. SIGN TWO:
    A Prophecy and Act concerning the years of Sin committed by Israel And Judah.

  4. SIGN THREE:
    A Prophecy and Act which demonstrate a desperate situation coming about during the siege of Jerusalem. Starvation and Rations would be prominent.

  5. SIGN FOUR:
    A Prophecy and Act which showed and foretold the way the House of Israel would have to eat defiled food when scattered to Foreign countries.

  6. GOD’S FINAL PRONOUNCEMENT
    WHICH CONCLUDES THE 4 SIGNS IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER 4

  7. MAIN THEME 4 IN THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:
    INIQUITY


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LET THE ACTING BEGIN. (Ezekiel 4)

Introduction:

God gave Ezekiel a series of prophecies and required Ezekiel to portray them through a physical drama act. The purpose of this was to add weight to the prophecy. As well as hearing the verbal message the House of Israel would see a physical representation as to what God has to say to them. This would add to the force; power, and effectiveness of the message. In the case of the House of Israel this was required as they were so stubborn and hard hearted.


SIGN ONE: A prophecy and Act concerning the Siege of Jerusalem.

The elements of this act are as follows:

a) A tile was required. “This would be a large clay brick” (Eze 4:1)

(Isa 30:8) (Hab 2:2) (Luke 1:63)

b) The tile was to be placed in front of Ezekiel. (Eze 4:1)

c) A map of Jerusalem was to be drawn on the tile. (Eze 4:1)

“This was a visual display of the PLACE OR OBJECT of this particular prophecy”

d) The tile—ie the large clay brick was now going to come under SIEGE

– This was to demonstrate the future calamity which would befall Jerusalem. (Eze 4:2-3)

e) To enforce and demonstrate the SIEGE various components were required: (Eze 4:2)

1) Ezekiel was to build a Fort (ie a wall) around the clay brick

— This wall would represent the impossibility of anyone escaping from the city of Jerusalem. (Eze 4:2)

2) Ezekiel was to visually set up an enemy camp around the clay brick

–This would visually indicate to the House of Israel who their adversaries would be

–A foreign power. (Eze 4:2)

3) Ezekiel was to surround the physical representation of Jerusalem

with Siege Ramps and Battering Rams. (Eze 4:2)

(Eze 26:8-9) (2 Sam 20:15)

4) Ezekiel was to take an Iron Pan (An Iron Griddle)

and place this Iron Pan between him and the city. (Eze 4:3)

5) Ezekiel was to physically turn towards the city

–Thus demonstrating how harsh the Judgement of God would be.

“This turning towards Jerusalem indicated God’s turning against Jerusalem in Judgement because of their sin” (Eze 4:3)

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6) Ezekiel was to carry out the instructions of Ezekiel 4 verses 1-3

as a WARNING SIGN from God to the people of Israel. (Eze 4:3d)


SIGN TWO:

A Prophecy and Act concerning the years of Sin committed by Israel And Judah.

The elements of this Act are as follows:

1) Ezekiel is to lay on his left side. (Eze 4:4a)

2) Ezekiel is to place the sins of Israel upon himself. (Eze 4:4b)

“This being purely symbolic

–It was impossible for HIM to bring sin and forgiveness to Israel”

3) Ezekiel was to lay on his left side for 390 days

—One day for each year of Israel’s sin. (Eze 4:4-5)

“The 390 days most likely represent the years of sin

between Solomon’s early reign (971-931 BC)

to the destruction of Jerusalem”

What was the purpose of this Act? As people walked past and saw Ezekiel laying on His left hand side they would most likely ask why he was doing this and what the meaning of it all was. This would give him a golden opportunity to talk about Israel’s sin and the many years this had endured without any hint of them repenting and getting right with God.

4) Ezekiel was to turn over and lie on his right side. (Eze 4:6a)

5) Ezekiel was to lie on His right hand side for 40 days

—One day for each year of JUDAH’S sin. (Eze 4:6a)

“This again being purely symbolic

–It was impossible for HIM to bring forgiveness and atonement to JUDAH”

“The figure of 40 here is often thought of as portraying the fact that Judah in Exile was like a lost generation—Their time was wasted upon ungodly activities and they achieved nothing for God–The wilderness experience in the book of Exodus was 40 years—Again a wasted generation wandering around aimlessly and producing zero fruit for God”

6) Ezekiel during the 390 day and 40 day period was to continue STARING and keeping his eyes FIXED on the siege of Jerusalem which he had pictured with the tile (The Large Clay Brick). (Eze 4:7a)

“The thought here is the certainty of God’s Judgement

—God had his eyes FIXED on his people

—He STARED at all they did and was heartbroken and so only wrath could follow”

7) Ezekiel was to lie with his arm bared and prophesy doom and destruction. (Eze 4:7b)

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Footnote to Sign One and Sign Two:

It is interesting to note that attacks and sieges of Jerusalem are also Prophesied in other places in scripture:

(Eze 5:2) (Eze 21:22) (Jer 4:16) (Jer 6:4) (Luke 21:20) (Luke 19:43)

(Jer 1:15) (Jer 10:17) (Isa 29:3) (Zech 12:2) (Zech 14:2)


SIGN THREE:

A Prophecy and Act which demonstrate a desperate situation coming about during the siege of Jerusalem. Starvation and Rations would be prominent.

1) Ezekiel was to be tied up with ropes

–Which would be a picture to the watchers that Jerusalem’s siege would not be able to be escaped from until God himself opened up that door. (Eze 4:8) (Eze 3:25)

2) Ezekiel was to act out the ration and near famine conditions which would arise as the result of the siege of Jerusalem. (Eze 4:9-11)

“Note also here the very small amount of water and food that Ezekiel was allowed to eat and drink each day

— Just two cups of water a day and 8 ounces of food a day”


SIGN FOUR:

A Prophecy and Act which showed and foretold the way the House of Israel would have to eat defiled food when scattered to Foreign countries.

1) Ezekiel was to build a fire out of dried Human Dung; bake the bread he had made with those small quantities of ingredients; and ensure that everyone would see him do this. (Eze 4:12)

“The awful thought of human dung here represents the awfulness of the House of Israel having to eat food which their law forbids when they are scattered to the four corners of the earth.

2) Ezekiel protests that since he was a child he had never eaten any food considered unclean or defiled himself in this manner. (Eze 4:14)

“This is a picture that when the House of Israel are scattered to the four corners of the earth in alien lands they will complain to God that the only food that is available to eat is that considered unclean under their law.

3) Ezekiel gains a concession from God and God allows him to bake the bread

–Not now in human dung but in cow dung.

“This is a picture of the Grace of God

—Even although his people have been scattered to other countries because of their sin God in his mercy will still be gracious to them and make his face shine upon them

—Again here as in so many of the prophets we see God’s Judgement tinged with God’s mercy. (Example Hosea chapter 14)

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GOD’S FINAL PRONOUNCEMENT

WHICH CONCLUDES THE 4 SIGNS IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER 4:

The final thoughts as the chapter 4 concludes are:

a) God reminding Man

that Man is Mortal. (Eze 4:16)

b) God declaring that

he would Limit the supply of bread for Jerusalem. (Eze 4:16)

c) God declaring that

the people in Jerusalem would be Distressed. (Eze 4:16)

“With Astonishment”

d) God declaring that

the people will be Anxious as they realize their food and water is running out. (Eze 4:16)

“With Astonishment”

e) God declaring that

the people in Jerusalem will Waste Away because of their sins.

(Eze 4:17)

“Consume away for their Iniquity”

****It is also worth noting that Famine and Food shortages are often an Instrument of God’s Judgement in the bible****

(Lev 26:26) (Deut 28:53) (Jer 14:16) (Eze 5:12) (Rev 6:12)


MAIN THEME 4 IN THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:

INIQUITY

Introduction:

The book of Ezekiel has a huge amount to say on the subject of Iniquity. It is a subject which permeates deeply throughout the book from start to finish

1) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity Causes Death. (Eze 3:18) (Eze 3:19) (Eze 18:18)

(Eze 33:9) (Eze 33:13)

2) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity is something which can be committed by a righteous man.

(Eze 3:20) (Eze 18:24) (Eze 18:26)

3) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity which man commits has to be borne by someone. (Eze 4:4-6)

4) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity causes people to waste away

–Iniquity eats away at people like a cancer. (Eze 4:17)

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5) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity can cause mourning in the humble heart. (Eze 7:16)

6) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity can be a Stumbling Block. (Eze 7:19)

7) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity can be Exceeding Great. (Eze 9:9)

(Eze 14:3-4) (Eze 14:7)

8) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity has to be Punished. (Eze 14:10)

9) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity includes Pride, Idleness, and Neglecting the poor and needy.

(Eze 16:49)

10) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity is Individual — i.e. Individual Responsibility. (Eze 18:18)

11) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity will lead to Ruin. (Eze 18:30)

12) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity was found in the heart of Satan himself. (Eze 28:15)

13) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity is something which defiles the House of God. (Eze 28:18)

14) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity was the sole reason for Israel going into captivity. (Eze 39:23)

15) Ezekiel teaches that

Iniquity includes Idolatry. (Eze 44:10) (Eze 44:12)