Ezekiel 4: More Than the Sermon Illustration
I think that it is particularly interesting to look at the beginning of Ezekiel 4 and remember that it is essentially a sermon illustration.
Eze 4:1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:
Eze 4:2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
Eze 4:3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.
Eze 4:4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.
Eze 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
Eze 4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
On one hand, it might seem rather insignificant that the God of the universe is taking time to tell Ezekiel the method he should use to present the material. Doesn’t God have anything to do with this time?
However, from the other hand which actually aligns with the Bible more closely, it points out the level of detail that God is able to be concerned with. For example, through the act of creation, God created the world with an incredible amount of detail and intricacy.
Similarly, we are told that God cares for the individual sparrow. Again, the level of intricacy here is quite amazing for someone who simultaneously reigns over the entire universe.
Let’s think about it this way. I live in Vermont, and I don’t even know the name of every person who lives in Vermont. God is capable of simultaneously knowing everyone on the level that I cannot even dream of. The depth and the detail stood out to me through this example from Ezekiel.