Commentary on
Ezekiel 4:1-8

Siege of Jerusalem Predicted 

4:1  Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:
4:2  And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
4:3  Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.
4:4  Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.
4:5  For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
4:6  And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
4:7  Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.
4:8  And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.

Commentary on 4:1-3, 7
[20 August 2007]: This is a most vivid acted prophecy. Ezekiel is to take physical objects, arrange them as stated, and himself participate in the illustration. If at this time he was shut up within his house, who witnessed this prophecy? Perhaps that doesn’t matter, since Yehuveh states: “I have appointed thee each day for a year.” Clearly the application is taken from Ezekiel’s day and placed long after. Further, because Israel persisted in their rebellion against Yehuveh, He had to extend these 390 years “seven times,” bringing the prophecy into our time. Study the full explanation in regard to “the acceptable year of Yehuveh.” Ezekiel 3:24; Leviticus 26:18, 21, 24, 28.

Commentary on 4:4-5 [20 August 2007]: Ezekiel makes no pretense to be Israel’s saviour, only a witness to the consequences of their choices. Wycliffe notes: “When facing the sunrise, left is north and right is south (cf. Genesis 14:15; Psalms 121:5).”

Commentary on 4:6 [20 August 2007]: This “each day for a year” prophetic device [echoing Numbers 14:34: “After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years.”] is used in both cases in regard to bearing iniquity. Most Scriptural scholars, disregarding this, have freely applied it to the seventy-week prophecy of Daniel 9:24-26 and the various 1260/1290/1335-day prophecies of Daniel 12:11, 12 and Revelation 9:15; 11:2, 3; 12:14; 13:5.

Commentary on 4:8 [20 August 2007]: Clearly, this verse states that Yehuveh restrained Ezekiel, where as Ezekiel 3:25 [“But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them.”] appears to indicate that the people did.
        One fascinating aspect of this statement is that
the book of Ezekiel is restrained and withdrawn from us until “the days of” Jerusalem’s “siege” are “ended.” According to Isaiah 61:1-2, “the acceptable year” of Israel’s debt marks the end of their exile and Yehuveh is even now preparing to restore the remnant of these people to their homeland. In doing so, He is also removing the bands from the book of Ezekiel. We can not only understand these things now, but indeed it is imperative that we do so!

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:            
20 August 2007
Latest Update:                   20 August 2007

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