God used Ezekiel to show the Jews just how much they would suffer during the Babylonian war machine’s siege of Jerusalem.
He showed how little food and water they would have,
“And your food which you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; from time to time you shall eat it. You shall also drink water by measure, one-sixth of a hin; from time to time you shall drink” (Ezekiel 4:10-11).
The food would become so scarce that the Jews would not merely measure it, but they would weigh how much to eat and drink daily to have enough for successive days.
Twenty shekels equaled about eight or nine ounces of flour, and the sixth part of a hin of water equaled less than a pint.
Ezekiel would not restrict his diet to that amount for the three hundred ninety days that he demonstrated the siege, but he would do it on various days to show the immense suffering headed their way, unless the Jews repented.
God does whatever it takes to get us to repent. Let us not have to go as low as the Jews did before we change our lives for the better.