our sensitive God
Ezekiel 4:9 “Also take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt. Put them in a single container and make them into bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the number of days you lie on your side, 390 days.
Ezekiel 4:10 The food you eat each day will weigh eight ounces; you will eat it at set times.
Ezekiel 4:11 You will also drink a ration of water, a sixth of a hin, which you will drink at set times.
Ezekiel 4:12 You will eat it as you would a barley cake and bake it over dried human excrement in their sight.”
Ezekiel 4:13 Yahveh said, “This is how the Israelites will eat their impure bread among the nations where I will banish them.”
Ezekiel 4:14 But I said, “Oh, Lord God, notice I have never been defiled. From my youth until now I have not eaten anything that died naturally or was mauled by wild beasts. And impure meat has never entered my mouth.”
Ezekiel 4:15 He replied to me, “Notice, I will let you use cow dung instead of human excrement, and you can make your bread over that.”
Ezekiel 4:16 He said to me, “Son of Adam, notice I am going to cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem. They will anxiously eat food they have weighed out and with anxiety drink rationed water
Ezekiel 4:17 because they will lack bread and water. Everyone will be devastated and waste away because of their violation.
our sensitive God
A few years ago, I was reading an article in a local health magazine about healthy bread and cereals. It featured a brand of bread called Ezekiel 4:9. It actually does appeal to me more than the normal stuff, because I like foods with lots of ingredients mixed in. But the point of Ezekiel’s prophecy was that things are going to be so bad in Jerusalem that people are going to eat whatever they can get. Ezekiel himself was repulsed at the idea of cooking his food over human dung, an impure and shameful thing to him. The LORD was sensitive to him and assigned him cow’s dung as fuel instead.
Thank you, LORD, for being sensitive to the feelings and wishes of your messengers. You are a kind and compassionate God.