Ezekiel Chapter 4:9-17
The Bible says in Ezekiel chapter 4:9-11, Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it. Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.
During the time that Ezekiel was to enact out this siege as a sign
The Bible goes on to say in
verses 12-14, And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it
with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. And the LORD said, Even thus shall the
Another excellent illustration of these truths is in Leviticus 11:30-31 says, And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole. These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even. Thousands of years after these verses of the Bible were written it has been discovered that snails often have parasites in them. There was a story on TV of a couple who ate some raw snails and they died a few weeks later because the parasites hatched and got into their brain and ate their brain. When the Word of God gives a commandment it is for a very practical reason. Certain kinds of animals should not be eaten and animals that have died of themselves should not be eaten either. It is hazardous to your health.
There is one other application to this law. And it is a spiritual application. The physical is after all used by God to symbolize the spiritual. In verse 14 Ezekiel said, His soul had not been polluted. The word polluted is elsewhere translated as defiled and unclean. This same principle is stated in Second Corinthians 6:17 which says, Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. The challenge of the believer in Old Testament times is the same challenge of the believer today: to not be polluted by the world. In the spiritual sense, that which you eat is that which you take into your mind. The study of the Word of God has been compared to the eating of bread. Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word of God. There are many, many verses in the Bible which talk and warn about these principles. Genesis 2:17 says, But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Proverbs 23:6 says, Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats. And Romans 7:25 says, I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
God wants man to grow and to learn and to gain in knowledge and in wisdom. Jesus lived the life of a man and it says of him that, He increased in wisdom and stature. Of course the great failure of man is the same failure that man has made since the time of Adam and Eve when they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Romans 16:19 says, For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. One reason that Ezekiel had the opportunity and one reason that God was able to use him is because since Ezekiels youth up; he had not eaten anything which dieth of itself. Understanding the physical illustration of how disastrous it is to eat such, one can imagine how much more disastrous it is to the human soul and the human mind to intake that which is polluted.
If people would from their youth up learn to be as Ezekiel, society would be a much better place. Such problems as alcoholism and alcoholics, supposed mental and emotional disorders, drug abuse, rape and rapists, serial killers, and all the other things that pollute society would be solved. Of course, we live in a society in which the very school systems are so corrupt that they are used to pollute our children. The challenge of remaining pure is not easy. But with God all things are possible. No matter how much pollution is out there it is still within your power to think about and to put in your mind only pure things.
There is one more important
illustration given in these verses of Ezekiel.
Considering that Ezekiel had kept this Levitical law it would seem a
strange thing indeed that God would request of him to defile himself. Once
again we have here an illustration of Jesus and his death on the cross of
The Bible goes on to say in verses 15-17, Then he said
unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt
prepare thy bread therewith. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I
will break the staff of bread in
Revelation 18:2-8 says, And he cried mightily with a strong
In the days of Ezekiel the kingdom of
the Chaldeans was the most powerful kingdom in the world. In revelation
The purpose of judgment, of course, is to bring justice to the
world, and to remove evil. The purpose is that they might consume away
for their iniquity. The word consume is also translated in the Old
Testament with the word dissolve. Here in Ezekiel the word is used in
reference to judgment of the children of
The journey of life has its good times and its bad times: its mountains and its valleys. But sometimes God brings about the valleys and the bad times as consequence and as judgment for sin. It all began with Adam and Eve. The iniquities of Adam and Eve have affected every living person since. You never know just how far the negative effects of your sins will reach out into the world and cause others to suffer. Man is very limited in his ability to understand such things. Therefore, when we see the judgments of God such as famine we can be certain that God is Just in what He does.
Perhaps a person who has lived by bread alone is a person who is in danger of facing famine. After all, the spiritual is more important than the physical. What better way for God to teach a nation or an individual to not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, than to break the staff of bread.
When judgment comes the most important thing to remember is that Jesus died for your sins and if you turn to Him He will forgive you and save your soul.
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