Ezekiel Suffered As a Sign

The Lord commanded Ezekiel to make a model of Jerusalem and to show an attack against the city (Ezekiel 4:1-3). Afterwards the Lord told Ezekiel to do this, “Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity…And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days…And surely I will restrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege” (Ezekiel 4:4-8).
Albert Barnes helped me to understand this passage, “The siege being thus represented, the condition and suffering of the inhabitants is exhibited by the condition of one, who, bound as a prisoner or oppressed by sickness, cannot turn from his right side to his left. The prophet was in such a state.”
Ezekiel was not the sinner, but Israel and Judah were the sinners. Nevertheless, Ezekiel had to be in that condition for over a year as a sign to God’s people of what they would suffer.
Sometimes servants of God have to suffer for the sake of their people that they might repent. You know the ultimate example of One who did that for all people. God may call on you next to do it.

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