Symbolism in The Book of Ezekiel
The siege of Jerusalem is portrayed in four symbolical acts
(Ezekiel 4-7). In the first of these, Ezekiel evidently drew a
picture of a city under siege, indicating that this was soon
to be the condition of Jerusalem. After this, Ezekiel lay on
his side for a great number of days, announcing that the
nation was to be punished for its sins. By eating an inferior
type of food which had been cooked on animal dung, Ezekiel
predicted the famine which would accompany the siege. In the
final act, Ezekiel shaved his head, burning his hair, striking
it with a sword and scattering it to the winds, indicating the
fate of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Ezekiel 6 and 7 contain
additional oracles concerning Israel's sin and imminent doom.
3) Visions of idolatry in Jerusalem and the resultant judgment
and destruction of that city (Ezekiel 8-11).