Monday, February 27, 2012

Sign of Judgment

Eze 5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
Eze 5:2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
Eze 5:3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.
Eze 5:4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

Translate it: take thee a sharp sword, for a barber's razor thou shalt take it thee. Even if the action were literal, the use of an actual sword would best enforce the symbolic meaning. The "head" represents the chief city, the "hair" the inhabitants - its ornament and glory - the "hair cut from the head" the exiles cast forth from their homes. It adds to the force of the representation that "to shave the head" was a token of mourning Job 1:20, and was forbidden to the priests Leviticus 21:5. Thus, in many ways, this action of Ezekiel "the priest" is significant of calamity and ruin. The sword indicates the avenging power; the shaving of the head the removal of grace and glory; the scales and weights the determination of divine justice. (Barnes)

His hair was divided into three equal parts by weight.

One third was to be burned, famine and pestilence.

One third was to die by the sword of the Chaldeans.

One third would be scattered to the wind, scattered by the sword, carried away and some fleeing to other nations.

A remnant would by tied in his skirt. A part of the remnant would be scattered in the fire and from this a fire would destroy all of Israel.( 2kings 25:1-26)

skirt; kanaph, wing, extremity, corner, shirt

Luk 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

If a rebellious people will turn from their sins, then the LORD will turn away his wrath on their sin. Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Micah, Hosea, Isaiah were prophetic voices crying out with illustrations of their messages from the LORD to the people. Are we hearing the voice of God today, through his Bible, his evangelists and preachers? Are we hearing the cry of the prophets of God? Do we want to see the results of rebellion: famine, pestilence and the sword? Arise people of God call upon the name of Jesus and follow him now. Do not believe the lies of those who deny God in our land.

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