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Bible Notes

Ezekiel 4:1-2 & 5:1 (15.04.20)

Ezekiel 4.1-2
[1] ‘Now, son of man, take a block of clay, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. [2] Then lay siege to it: erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering-rams around it.
Ezekiel 5.1
[1] ‘Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.

God told Ezekiel to act out a series of pictures to convey his message, to appeal to the people to turn back to him, and these are the first two of these acted parables. Perhaps Ezekiel would have been amused to see us fretting today because so many of us are besieged in our own homes, and we cannot go out and get our hair cut. But it will not last for ever: in verse 13 of chapter 5 God tells them his anger will cease. God’s actions are always designed to drive us to him in humble dependence, and discover his mercy.

Thank you for your mercy, as shown in these miracles and demonstrated supremely in the events of the first Easter!


  1. Keith

    Well I cut my own hair and trimmed my beard yesterday. My scales aren’t fine enough to measure the weight of hair removed though. But thank you God for the prompt!

  2. Mark capstick

    it’s funny isn’t it only yesterday I was saying to my friend it’s going to be a while before I can get out and have a shave and a haircut because I can’t do that for myself because of the muscular problems that I’ve had but I love today because he kills right it might take a while for me to get a haircut the shame but I will get one and time that I wait will be fine because I know my father loves me thank you Lord for being with me

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