I used to like playing with Lego sets when I was a kid, but I don’t think I’d like to do what Ezekiel had to do. He had to build his own “Lego” set, with Jerusalem at the center, a bunch of siege ramps surrounding it, and battering rams.
That in itself wouldn’t have been so bad, but then he had to lie on his side next to the set for 390 days to stand for the 390 years that the northern kingdom of Israel would be punished for their sin. Then he had to lie for 40 days on his other side to stand for the 40 years that the southern kingdom of Judah would be punished for their sin.
Add to that the fact that he had to cook his food over human excrement, and you have a very unpleasant year and two months of living. (Chapter 4)
All of this was to be a picture to the Israelites held captive in Babylon, showing them what would happen to Jerusalem and why.
God then had Ezekiel shave off his hair and beard, and after the “siege” was over, he was to burn a third “inside the city,” cut a third “outside the city”, and take the last third, burning some of that third, while preserving the rest. Again, this was a sign that many of the Jews would perish, although some would survive. (Chapter 5)
In chapter 6, he gives further warnings of judgment. In doing so, we start to see a phrase that we’ll see time and again in the book of Ezekiel: “You will know that I am the Lord.”
In other words, by God telling them what was to happen beforehand, the people would know who truly was God. And it wasn’t their idols that they were serving. It was the one true God whom they had rejected.
The problem was, they wouldn’t find out who the true God was until it was too late. They had so hardened their hearts that only when the day of judgment came, would they find out who was truly God.
So many people today are the same. They live all their lives in rebellion against God, turning their backs on him, doing their own thing. But the day will come when they will stand before God’s throne and find out who truly is God. But by that time, it will be too late, and they will be judged.
How about you? Are you acknowledging God in your life? Are you making him your king? You will acknowledge him sooner or later, but if you only acknowledge him when you step into his courtroom, it’ll be too late.
But if you do so here and now, not only will you will find forgiveness, but you’ll find true life. Not just life in heaven. But a life that’s worth living here on earth. As Paul wrote,
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
May you turn to him and acknowledge him as Lord before it’s too late.