The Voyeur of Idolatry — Ezekiel Study Continues

Eighth Symbol: The Voyeur of Idolatry In this symbol it’s tempting to look at the events and implications of the prophecy and not focus on Ezekiel as a symbol, which is the point of this study; thus to keep on track we will try to confine ourselves to those things in which Ezekiel participated and avoid the lure of other concepts which will take focus off him as a symbol. In chapters 8 through 10, Ezekiel is called upon to be a witness of coming things. His only participation is that of sharing in God’s horrified view of what had happened to His people, to expose those deeds, and to ask questions. “¢ Someone called as a symbol against great sinfulness must need reinforcement. In chapter 8 we see the vision of God that Ezekiel had seen twice...

More of Ezekiel

Dear friends — I will be in New York City for 11 days to attend a wedding and visit with friends. Here is a continuation of the Ezekiel study. (Scroll down to find the beginning of the study.) Ezekiel Part Four Sixth Symbol: The Applause of Disaster In chapter six the horrifying details of the coming trials for God”‘s people are outlined, and Ezekiel is commanded in verse 11 to strike his hands together and stamp his feet and cry out, “Alas!” In this symbol, Ezekiel is commanded again to participate in the emotions of the Lord in revealing this coming holocaust. On the one hand, such a violent clapping together of the hands and crying out would show God”‘s vehemence, not only for the coming time, but also for the...

Ezekiel –Fourth Movement

The Ezekiel study continues here. If you are viewing this blog for the first time, this is the continuation of a series. By scrolling down, you can find the beginning of it. Fourth Movement: the Apportioner of Punishment In this last specific symbol, Ezekiel is asked to participate by symbolizing the Lord in His deliberate meting out of punishments to the people. Apparently the command to shave all the hair off his head and face came before Ezekiel began his other symbols of besieging the city. Just as Ezekiel would “store up” the hairs until after the days of fasting and lying on his side, so the Lord would “store up” the punishments for the people: predetermined rations of burning, scattering, and slaughter. Ezekiel is told to do...

Further Ezekiel Study Materials

Third Movement: the Diet of Siege God does not require that Ezekiel remain recumbent 24 hours a day; but provides for him to eat but even that act is symbolic. God first told Ezekiel to make a mixture of grains and store them in a jar and to daily make a scanty meal for himself and to drink only a minimum of water–about three pints a day. Ezekiel was repulsed by the command to cook the cakes he would make over a fire of human excrement, and asked the Lord to not have him do that so that he would not be defiled. God relented and allowed him to cook over a fire of cow manure. “¢ In this image, unlike the symbol of the siege agent, Ezekiel is identified with the people, not God. Perhaps at times, then, a symbol must have a bicameral view: to be...

Ezekiel Study Continues

This is a continuation of the study, “Ezekiel: Creation of a Man as a Symbol.” If you’d like to “catch up,” scroll down to where the study begins several weeks ago on the blog. Second Movement: the Recumbent Sin Bearer In this symbol, Ezekiel is told to lie immobile on one side for 390 days, looking toward the city to signify the implacable judgment on the house of Israel which in all its days of history had been rebellious and idolatrous. Then he was to lie on his right side for 40 days (a biblical symbol of the years of captivity of Judah””a shorter period because of their comparatively lesser idolatry than Israel.) In addition, he was to be tied up by the Lord in this immobility, and would stretch out his bared arm...