doing something weird
Ezekiel 12:7-16 (JDV)
Ezekiel 12:7 So I did just as I was commanded. In the daytime, I brought out my bags like an exile’s bags. In the evening I dug through the wall by hand; I took them out in the dark, carrying them on my shoulder in their sight.
Ezekiel 12:8 In the morning the word of Yahveh happened to me:
Ezekiel 12:9 “Son of Adam, hasn’t the house of Israel, that rebellious house, asked you, ‘What are you doing? ‘
Ezekiel 12:10 Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord Yahveh says: This pronouncement concerns the prince in Jerusalem and the whole house of Israel living there.’
Ezekiel 12:11 You are to say, ‘I am a sign for you. Just as I have done, it will be done to them; they will go into exile, into captivity.’
Ezekiel 12:12 The prince who is among them will lift his bags to his shoulder in the dark and go out. They will dig through the wall to bring him out through it. He will cover his face so he cannot see the land with his eyes.
Ezekiel 12:13 But I will spread my net over him, and he will be caught in my trap. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, yet he will not see it, and he will die there.
Ezekiel 12:14 I will also scatter all the partners who surround him and all his troops to every direction of the wind, and I will draw a sword to chase after them.
Ezekiel 12:15 They will know that I am Yahveh when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them among the countries.
Ezekiel 12:16 But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine, and epidemic so that among the nations where they go they can tell about all their repulsive practices. Then they will know that I am Yahveh.”
doing something weird
After going through the motions of packing his bags regularly and pretending to go into exile, naturally, the people around him started asking him what Ezekiel was doing. The LORD instructed him to explain his actions. He was predicting that the king would go into exile and that the nation would be laid waste by war, famine, and epidemic.
If Ezekiel had not done something out of the ordinary, he would not have gotten the people’s attention.
If you and I stay on the ordinary track, we might not get the chance to tell our people what they need to hear. We should not be afraid to do something weird once in a while, just to get people asking.
LORD, show us how to get our generation’s attention, so we can share your gospel.