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August 19 - Evening

"Now, son of man, take a block of clay, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.

Then lay siege to it:
Erect siege works against it,
build a ramp up to it,
set up camps against it and
put battering rams around it.
Then take an iron pan,
place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it.

It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it.
This will be a sign to the people of Israel."

- Ezekiel 4:1-3

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Ezekiel's Small Model of the Siege    

Ezekiel 4 is part of a series prophecies that include inspired speech, symbolism and drama used by Ezekiel in chapters 4-24. In chapter 4-7 Ezekiel dramatized the siege of Jerusalem for the Jews in exile in Babylon to observe.

Beginning on the day of his calling Ezekiel was to be mute and unable to speak accept when the Lord opened Ezekiel’s mouth to prophesy (Ezekiel 3:26-27). This state of prophetic muteness would continue until the city of Jerusalem had fallen (August 586 BC) and a man arrived at Ezekiel’s home from Jerusalem announcing Jerusalem had fallen (on Jan 8, 585 BC five months after it fell). Ezekiel will be mute for seven and a half years (July 593 – January 585 BC).

It appears the demonstration of chapter 4 occurs outside Ezekiel’s front door. The Jews had observed (Ez. 3:15-16) Ezekiel’s seven days of confinement after his initiation vision, so now they wonder what he is doing in his front yard.

Ezekiel takes a clay brick and etched a diagram of Jerusalem on it, an image that all the observing Jews would be familiar with since they had lived and worked in Jerusalem up until 5 years before.

Next, Ezekiel made little siege works with battering rams like little scale models of Babylonian military equipment. He then added some ramps to roll the siege engines up to the city walls that were etched on his clay brick. Ezekiel then added around the model of Jerusalem the military camps of the Babylonian soldiers.

Then with the diagram of Jerusalem surrounded by Babylonian camps and several siege engines ready to begin pounding on the walls of Jerusalem with their battering rams Ezekiel is to deliver the most startling point of his drama. Ezekiel, the prophet who is speaking for the Lord, is to take an iron pan and place it between his face and the model of Babylon’s siege of Jerusalem.

The scale model drama and the iron pan have a meaning and we are told, “This will be a sign to the people of Israel,” but we are not told what they are to understand by Ezekiel’s demonstration.

It appears that the iron pan is symbolic of the fact often repeated by Jeremiah and others that the Lord is going to hide his face and be inattentive to Israel’s suffering during the Babylonian siege. There is no hope. There is no prayer. There is no deliverance.

It is interesting that the iron pan is called an iron wall. Walls were designed to protect from invasion, but this iron wall was put up to prevent the Lord from intervening in order to help protect.

There are other ways of interpreting Ezekiel’s model of the siege, but the view above does agree with other prophecies and the historical results of Babylon’s invasion of Judah.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher."
- George Whitefield
Something to Ponder??

2 Samuel has a collection of battle accounts of David and his mighty men against enemy warriors who were the descendants of Rapha like Goliath had been
(2 Samuel 21:15-22 and
1 Chronicles 20:4-8). In each case these men where unnaturally large or had physical abnormalities like the one who had six fingers on each had and six toes on each foot.
(2 Samuel 21:20-23)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Apologeomai (Gr) – excuse (Eng) – the Greek word apologeomai means literally
“to speak oneself off.” Apologeomai refers to pleading for yourself as in 2 Corinthians 12:19. In Romans 2:15 apologeomai is used for excusing others.

    Pieces of pottery excavated at Samaria are inscribed with names that are similar to biblical names such as Ahinoam, Gomer, Ahaz, Sheba and Nimshi.
    (Details HERE.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will speak positivelly today and focus on the goodness of God and his works.
Today I will refrain from complaining, but will instead let joy lead my words.
  "He who obeys instructions guards his life,
but he who is contemptuous
of his ways will die."

- Proverbs 19:16
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Ezra 5 (520 BC) 2 Chronicles 36
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Looking up the Western Wall at some of the original Herodian ashlar stones that have held their place since around 19 BC.

A chart showing the three Jewish returns from Babylon in 537, 458 and 445 BC with Zerubbable, Ezra and Nehemiah.

A chart showing the three Jewish returns from Babylon in 537, 458 and 445 BC with Zerubbable, Ezra and Nehemiah.

Looking up the Western Wall at some of the original Herodian ashlar stones that have held their place since around 19 BC. Details
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