Ezekiel builds a model of Jerusalem unde siege (Ezek 4:1-4:3)


O son of man!

Take a brick!

Set it before you!

Portray a city on it,


Put the siege works

Against it!

Build a siege wall

Against it!

Cast up a ramp

Against it!

Set camps also

Against it!

Plant battering rams

Against it all around!

Then take an iron plate!

Place it

As an iron wall

Between you

And the city!

Set your face

Toward it!

Let it be

In a state of siege!

Press the siege

Against it!

This is a sign

For the house of Israel.”

Here we have the one of the many symbolic actions by Ezekiel. A voice, either Yahweh or his Spirit, told Ezekiel to be an expert model Lego builder of the siege of Jerusalem. Ezekiel, the son of man, was to take a brick and portray the city of Jerusalem. He was to put the siege works with a siege wall against this city. He was to put a ramp and camps against this city with battering rams all around it. Then he was to take an iron plate and make an iron wall between himself and the city, looking at it. Thus there was a state of siege, a sign for the house of Israel. Ezekiel was part of the exiles from 598 BCE before the taking of Jerusalem and the second captivity in 587 BCE.

The other vessels are going to Babylon (Jer 27:21-27:22)

“Thus says Yahweh of hosts,

The God of Israel,

Concerning the vessels

Left in the house

Of Yahweh,

In the house

Of the king of Judah,

As well as in Jerusalem.

‘They shall be carried

To Babylon.

There they shall stay

Until the day

When I give attention to them.

Then I will bring them up.

I will restore them to this place.’

Says Yahweh.”

Now Yahweh seems to indicate that there will be a second captivity when the rest of the sacred vessels will be brought to Babylon. They would stay there until Yahweh wanted to restore or bring them back to Jerusalem. Thus the vessels in Babylon were going to stay there, until Yahweh brought them back. In the meantime, the other sacred vessels from Jerusalem would be brought there also.