Our teaching will come from Ezekiel 4.1-17.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, YOU SHOULD NEVER FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE IN THE BIBLE.
And with that said, let’s read Ezekiel 4.1-17.
In 586 B.C.E./B.C., The GOD of Israel sent The Children of Israel into captivity in Babylon for seventy years because they Disobeyed The LORD Their GOD.
The Children of Israel, who are The Jewish People, continuously Disobeyed The Laws and Commandments of GOD Written in Torah, The Law of Moses, and they Disobeyed The Prophets and Messengers of GOD whom The LORD sent to them. For all The Priests and The People sinned greatly against GOD doing the abominations of the heathen. And they polluted The Temple, The House of GOD which The LORD made Holy in Jerusalem.
And The People mocked The Prophets and GOD’S Messengers, and they despised GOD’S Words, and misused His Prophets until the wrath of The LORD burned against His People till there was no remedy.
That is the example you should not follow. You should not Disobey GOD. You should not Disobey anything GOD says in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation. You should not Disobey Torah, The Law of Moses written from Genesis through Deuteronomy. You should not Disobey The Prophets of GOD. And you should not Disobey The Spoken Word of GOD. Because if you live a life of Disobedience to GOD, curses and troubles will surely follow you and overtake you all the days of your life.
But rather you should turn to GOD and Repent by having atonement in The Messiah Yeshua, and turn from all your sins of violating The Law of Moses, to living your life according to Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation that includes The Law of Moses, doing that which is Lawful and Right. And GOD says, You shall surely live, you will not die.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, EZEKIEL 18.21, 1 JOHN 3.4
Let’s summarize Ezekiel 4.1-17.
The time of Ezekiel Chapter 4 is during the seventy year captivity of The Jewish People in Babylon, current-day Iraq.
GOD told The Prophet Ezekiel, Take a tile, and lay it before you, and engrave on it The City of Jerusalem. And lay siege to it, and build a fort against it, and heap a mound of earth around it. Set an army also against it, and set battering rams against Jerusalem.
Also take an iron pan and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city, and set your face against it. And it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to The House of Israel.
The sign to The House of Israel is the city of Jerusalem being besieged by the Babylonian armies, and mounds of earth being heaped around Jerusalem. All because of Jewish sins against GOD. That is a sign of proof that The Children of Israel Disobeyed The LORD Their GOD for years, rejecting the daily warnings of GOD’S Prophets warning them of all their transgressions of the heathen, and polluting The Holy Temple of The LORD with their idols.
2 CHRONICLES 36.11-21
Let’s look at ISAIAH 4.2-3. In that day shall The Branch of The LORD be Beautiful and Glorious. (The Branch of The LORD is The Jewish Messiah Yeshua). And the fruit of The Land of Israel shall be Excellent and Beautiful with Honor and Majesty for them who are Delivered, The Remnant of Israel.
And it shall come to pass that they that are left in Zion, and they that remain in Jerusalem shall be called Holy, every one who is written among the living in Jerusalem.
ZECHARIAH 6.12-13, JEREMIAH 23.5-6
The Branch of The LORD is Messiah Yeshua.
And GOD is telling The Jewish People, and all the world, Get your act together, and get yourself far away from sin. Sin is violating Torah, The Law of Moses. And start obeying Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation, and have atonement in The Messiah Yeshua, if you want to be delivered and be part of the remnant in Jerusalem with THE MESSIAH YESHUA, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY when He returns to Israel, having Salvation and Eternal Life with The LORD Your GOD.
LET’S LOOK AT DEUTEORNOMY 30.1-5
WHEN THE LORD YOUR GOD, MESSIAH YESHUA, RETURNS FROM HEAVEN TO JERUSALEM, THOSE WHO HAVE OBEYED GOD’S VOICE, EVERY WORD HE SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION, THAT INCLUDES TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES, AND YOU HAVE ATONEMENT IN HIM, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL GATHER YOU FROM ALL THE PEOPLES WHERE HE SCATTERED YOU, AND BRING YOU INTO HIS KINGDOM, THE LAND OF ISRAEL, AND YOU WILL HAVE SALVATION, ETERNAL LIFE WITH THE LORD YOUR GOD, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, MESSIAH YESHUA, HA SHEM.
Some Bibles do not explain The Return of The LORD very well in Deuteronomy 30 verse 3. Here is the Hebrew and the English.
V’shav Yehovah Eh’lo’hay’kha et sheh’vu’t’kha v’ree’kha’mey’kha v’shav v’kee’b’ste’kha me’kahl ha’ah’meem ah’sher heh’fee’st’kha Yehovah Eh’lo’hay’kha shah’mar.
v’shav v’kee’b’ste’kha is, And Return and gather you
Then The LORD Your GOD will turn your captivity and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples where The LORD Your GOD has scattered you there.
The LORD Your GOD is Messiah Yeshua.
Not only is Deuteronomy 30.3 breathtaking because it was written 3,400 years ago, and some 1,400 years before Messiah,
but also this verse clearly shows that MESSIAH YESHUA IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY and not some other god, the second person of the godhead of the false trinity of one god being three different gods.
Back to Ezekiel. And GOD said to Ezekiel, Lie on your left side, and lay the iniquity of The House of Israel upon it. According to the number of days that you lie on your side, you shall bear their iniquity.
NUMBERS 18.1 GOD holds The Priests responsible for the sins of The Children of Israel. Ezekiel was a Priest and a Prophet.
GOD Commanding Ezekiel to lay on his side for such a very long time was payment for his responsibility of The People sinning against GOD.
And GOD said to Ezekiel, For I have laid upon you the years of their iniquity according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days. So shall you bear their iniquity.
Thus The Children of Israel were in sin for three hundred and ninety years, a year for a day, before GOD sent Israel into exile for their sins.
1 JOHN 3.4
GOD has long patience.
And GOD said to Ezekiel, when you have accomplished the three hundred and ninety days of lying on your left side, lie again on your right side, and you shall bear the iniquity of The House of Judah forty days. I have appointed each day for a year, GOD said.
So now we see that Israel was in sin another forty years, or a total of four hundred and thirty years. Four hundred and thirty years of Disobeying GOD.
Israel’s punishment was seventy years in Babylonian captivity and exile. Ezekiel’s punishment as a Priest who is held responsible for Israel’s sins was four hundred and thirty days lying on his side, because The Priests taught Israel Torah, to obey Torah. But The People still Disobeyed GOD
AND THAT IS THE EXAMPLE NOT TO FOLLOW, DISOBEDIENCE TO THE SPOKEN WORD OF GOD IN THE BIBLE FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION.
So GOD said to Ezekiel, You shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and your arm shall be uncovered, and you shall Prophesy against Jerusalem, and The People who live in the city of Jerusalem.
I believe that GOD telling Ezekiel that his arm should be uncovered is Prophetic, because Messiah Yeshua, Who is GOD ALMIGHTY, is The Arm of The LORD. When Messiah Yeshua came to Israel 2,000 years ago, He was The Arm of The LORD, Speaking The Words of The LORD to His Jewish People, and all the world from The Bible, because Messiah is The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, THE FATHER.
And because The Prophet Ezekiel Spoke The Words of GOD to The People, Ezekiel was The Arm of The LORD.
And GOD said to Ezekiel, I will tie you up with ropes. And The People bound The Prophet with ropes. And GOD said, You shall not turn from one side to the other till you have ended the days of your siege.
And GOD said, Take some barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, I don’t know what millet is, and fitches that might be rye, and put them in one vessel and make bread of them according to the number of days that you shall lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days shall you eat that food.
And the food you shall eat every day shall weigh twenty shekels, or about one half pound. From time to time you shall eat it.
You shall also drink water by measure, the sixth part of a hin, or about one quart, from time to time shall you drink.
And you shall eat it as barley cakes, and you shall bake it with dung that comes out of a man in their sight.
This is big time suffering for The Prophet Ezekiel. I believe this also translates into the suffering of The Jewish People in Babylon for their sins against The Holy One of Israel, The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
Because The LORD said, Even in this way shall The Children of Israel eat their bread defiled among the Gentiles where I drive them.
The anti-Semitism of yesterday and today is because of Jewish sin against The LORD Their GOD.
Then Ezekiel said to The LORD, O LORD GOD, Behold, my soul has not been polluted, for from my youth up, even till now have I not eaten of that which dies of itself, or is torn in pieces, neither did any abominable meat come into my mouth.
Then GOD said to Ezekiel, Look, I have given you cow’s dung for man’s dung, and you shall prepare your bread with that.
And The LORD said to Ezekiel, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem that they shall eat bread by weight, and with care. And they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment, a word meaning overwhelming astonishment and shock. Meaning that GOD brought a famine upon Judah, the southern territory of Israel where the city of Jerusalem is for their Disobedience to GOD.
Again, the example you should not follow in The Bible is Disobedience to anything GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Because Disobedience to GOD will bring upon you curses and trouble, evil, plagues, and diseases.
And GOD said, They shall want bread and water, and be astonished one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
Life is long. In fact there is no end to life. When one dies on earth, you continue to live. The one who is worthy of Eternal Life in Heaven obeyed GOD. They Obeyed Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation that includes Torah, The Law of Moses, and Blessed The Jewish People and Israel, and have Atonement in Messiah Yeshua. That person will spend Eternity in Heaven, in Perfection, and Beauty, in Peace, without tears, without death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain. And all evil will have disappeared.
But the person who Disobeys GOD by Disobeying His Spoken Word in The Bible that includes Torah, The Law of Moses, and does not repent, and does not turn to GOD by turning away from all their sins of violating Torah, The Law of Moses, and Disobeying GOD’S Spoken Word throughout The Bible, and does not bless The Jewish People and Israel, and does not have Atonement in Messiah Yeshua, that person according to Scripture will spend eternity in hell.
LET’S LOOK AT LUKE 16.19-31
LUKE 16.29-31 Abraham said, They have Moses. That is, They have Torah, The Law of Moses, and The Prophets. Let them Hear and Obey them.
If they will not Hear and Obey Moses, That is, If they will not Hear and Obey Torah, The Law of Moses, and The Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead. They too will end up in hell.
SO, THE EXAMPLE IN THE BIBLE YOU SHOULD NOT FOLLOW IS DISOBEYING GOD BY DISOBEYING THE SPOKEN WORD OF GOD IN THE BIBLE. THAT RESULTS IN ETERNAL LIFE IN HELL. UNLESS YOU ARE A GENTILE AND BLESS THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL. THAT WILL GET YOU TO HEAVEN.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, DEUTERONOMY 28, ISAIAH 53.10, MATTHEW 4.4, MATTHEW 26.28, LUKE 4.4, ROMANS 5.11