Ezekiel 4* The siege of Jerusalem. (1-8) The famine the inhabitants wouldsuffer. (9-17)1-8 The prophet was to represent the siege of Jerusalem bysigns. He was to lie on his left side for a number of days,supposed to be equal to the years from the establishment ofidolatry. All that the prophet sets before the children of hispeople, about the destruction of Jerusalem, is to show that sinis the provoking cause of the ruin of that once flourishingcity. 9-17 The bread which was Ezekiel's support, was to be made ofcoarse grain and pulse mixed together, seldom used except intimes of urgent scarcity, and of this he was only to take asmall quantity. Thus was figured the extremity to which the Jewswere to be reduced during the siege and captivity. Ezekiel doesnot plead, Lord, from my youth I have been brought updelicately, and never used to any thing like this; but that hehad been brought up conscientiously, and never had eaten anything forbidden by the law. It will be comfortable when we arebrought to suffer hardships, if our hearts can witness that wehave always been careful to keep even from the appearance ofevil. See what woful work sin makes, and acknowledge therighteousness of God herein. Their plenty having been abused toluxury and excess, they were justly punished by famine. When menserve not God with cheerfulness in the abundance of all things,God will make them serve their enemies in the want of allthings.
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