Vs. 1, “Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.” Consequeces would be coming, we reap what we sow. And then God would have Ezekiel do a most unusual prophetic action. For 390 days he was to lie on his left side (yikes) and for 40 days he was to lie on his right (vs. 4-8). When we were in the book of Jeremiah, one of the things we talked about was how there were false prophets who also were exiled into Babylon who were telling everyone not to worry, they would soon be back in Judah. So, Ezekiel would have to demonstrate this was not true. The 390 days represented Israel’s fall from walking with God since the Exodus and the 40 days would represent the years they would spend in Babylon.
Regarding application…Drastic Times = Drastic Measures. Vs. 4, “Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.” People no doubt must have walked by Ezekiel and shook their head in wonderment. Question: Who is this guy and why is he doing this? But in the bigger picture, this is just another example of God’s amazing grace upon a hardened people. I’m sure the word spread quickly over the land about Ezekiel’s actions (Gossip spreads like wildfire). We too live in desperate times. While we are not prophets, we are still called to make disicples and spread the good news to a sinful world. Sometimes, God is going to ask us to do things in drastic ways. Maybe not lie on our left side for over a year, but perhaps it means to have the boldness and courage to stand up for justice. To have courage to share your faith at school. To have courage to give up your things in your life to follow God. In many ways, these are drastic measures compared to how the world looks at life. Ask God today how you can do something to bring Glory to His name!