OUR LORD WHO FIRST REVEALS HIS PLAN TO HIS PROPHETS
Ezekiel chapter 5 verses 1 - 4 says this;
“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.
When the days of your siege come to an end, burn a third of the hair inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind. For I will pursue them with drawn sword.
But take a few hairs and tuck them away in the folds of your garment. Again, take a few of these and throw them into the fire and burn them up. A fire will spread from there to all Israel.
As instructed by the Lord, a model of the city of Jerusalem was constructed and placed under siege by the prophet Ezekiel. This was to be a prophetic image of a future siege that was coming to the actual city of Jerusalem.
While Ezekiel was laying siege against the model of the city, the Lord instructed Ezekiel to take a sharp sword and use it to shave his head and his beard. He was to take the hair and use a scale to divide it up into three equal parts for use at the end of the siege.
One part, he was to burn inside the city of Jerusalem.
The second part of hair, Ezekiel was strike with the sword all around the city.
The rest, he was to scatter to the wind.
These actions symbolized the dangers that were looming over the people of Jerusalem.
The burning of the hair within the city signified the approaching destruction.
The striking of the hair over Jerusalem represented the sword of war being raised against them from every direction.
The scattering of the hair in the wind represented the scattering of the people of Jerusalem as they fled their attackers.
These symbolic actions were designed to convey the jeopardy that Jerusalem was in due to their rebellion against God.
Graphic illustrations were meticulously enacted by the Lord's prophet Ezekiel within the sight of the people to give them fair warning.
Ezekiel was also instructed to take a few hairs and hide them in the folds of his garment. Of those, he was to take a few and burn them and that the fire would spread to the rest of Israel.
The few hairs that were set aside represent a remnant of the people that the Lord reserved for Himself and of those, some are set on fire representing the fire of the Spirit of God which would go on to set the whole nation ablaze.
Bless our Lord who reveals His plans to His prophets as it says in Amos chapter 3 verse 7;
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.