“And now, son of man, take a large clay brick and set it down in front of you. Then draw a map of the city of Jerusalem on it. 2 Show the city under siege. Build a wall around it so no one can escape. Set up the enemy camp, and surround the city with siege ramps and battering rams. 3 Then take an iron griddle and place it between you and the city. Turn toward the city and demonstrate how harsh the siege will be against Jerusalem. This will be a warning to the people of Israel.
4 “Now lie on your left side and place the sins of Israel on yourself. You are to bear their sins for the number of days you lie there on your side. 5 I am requiring you to bear Israel’s sins for 390 days—one day for each year of their sin. 6 After that, turn over and lie on your right side for 40 days—one day for each year of Judah’s sin.
7 “Meanwhile, keep staring at the siege of Jerusalem. Lie there with your arm bared and prophesy her destruction. 8 I will tie you up with ropes so you won’t be able to turn from side to side until the days of your siege have been completed. ~ Ezekiel 4:1-8
I love how God instructs Ezekiel to build the little city on a clay brick, and then lay a big skillet in front of it showing how big the siege is that is coming.
But then God goes deeper and instructs him to go home and God will tie him up so he can’t move and to lay on one side for 390 days and then on the other side for 40 days while staring at the siege of Jerusalem that he put together out of the brick and the skillet. He was not able to turn side to side but only remain until the siege have been completed — 430 days!! That is just strange …. what if God asked this of me? you? the church?
The question is why and what does this have to do with me or my walk with the Lord?
Well God actually answers this question when He says “You are to bear the burden of……” so now what about me, you and the church? IF we truly want to win souls, family members, friends, co-workers, school-mates, neighbors etc….. and as a church if we truly want to win our city, cities and beyond it starts with PRAYER, INTERCESSION and TAKING ON THE BURDENS OF THESE PEOPLE and CITIES!!
We make mission statements, spend thousands of $$ on out reach programs, teach how to witness, make plans, we tells our friends and co-workers etc but if we GO without the POWER of the Living God and we have no burden of where they live in this life… it’s pretty much dead works.
An individual and a church, if they are serious about winning souls, city, cities and the world…. they MUST BE SERIOUS about PRAYER and INTERCESSON for souls, cities and the world! Ezekiel spend over a year bound up, eating little and some pretty gross stuff laying on his side staring at a little model of the city…. by the end of this experience HE WAS READY, EMPOWERED, and BURDENED to get out there and speak for God!!!
Listen up for this is a good word!!!!
Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!!