Ezekiel 4:9-17 NKJV
“Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread of them for yourself. During the number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it. And your food which you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; from time to time you shall eat it. You shall also drink water by measure, one-sixth of a hin; from time to time you shall drink. And you shall eat it as barley cakes; and bake it using fuel of human waste in their sight.” Then the Lord said, “So shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.” So I said, “Ah, Lord God ! Indeed I have never defiled myself from my youth till now; I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has abominable flesh ever come into my mouth.” Then He said to me, “See, I am giving you cow dung instead of human waste, and you shall prepare your bread over it.” Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, surely I will cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem; they shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and shall drink water by measure and with dread, that they may lack bread and water, and be dismayed with one another, and waste away because of their iniquity.
Working for God is not an easy thing and going through the book of Ezekiel taught me that today. There are times He requires us to make painful sacrifices or seem crazy to normal people. Ezekiel was asked to eat like he lacked, not morn his wife etc. just to prove His point to the children of Israel.
Ezekiel 12:5, 7, 12 NKJV
Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it. So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and I bore them on my shoulder in their sight. And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes.
If you were asked by God to go into the street and start yelling, would you? Or kneel in the middle of Third Mainland Bridge, outrageous isn’t it? Well I guess you know how most of the Prophets felt then.
Ezekiel 24:16-18 NKJV
“Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow. ” So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.
How do you set yourself apart for God, what are you willing to let go off?