Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 4 (Continued)

Yechezk'el 4:10-12 "And your food which you eat shall be twenty shekels (about 8 oz.), a day by weight; you shall eat it from time to time. "And the water you drink will be the sixth part of a hin by measure; you shall drink it from time to time. "And you shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked it in their sight over human dung."

What a disgusting thing he would have to do to get a message across to his people for their sake. What a disgusting thing the Messiah would have to do to get a good message across to His people for their sake.

Yechezk'el 4:13-14 Then the L-RD said, "Thus shall the sons of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations where I shall banish them." But I said, "Ah, L-rd G-D! Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth."

Yechezk'el was kosher and the thought of what he had to bear was too much. Sometimes we find it hard to do what the L-rd asks of us. The L-rd in His mercy allowed Yechezk'el to cook over cow dung instead. Our Messiah's human nature struggled on the burden He would have to carry and asked that the cup be taken from Him, if the Father would allow it and find another way. Yeshua, however, had to drink the cup that was offered Him.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 26:38-39 Then He said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will." NIV

The good news for us, Yeshua did not shrink from it because there was no other way. What He did is the only way to the Father because of our iniquity. He took our iniquity and took it upon Himself in our place out of His concern for us. Is this alone enough?

If this was not sufficient then the Messiah died for nothing. He suffered for nothing. He either paid for it all or His death was in vain. We then have no hope and no future in the other world.

1 Yochanan (John) 2:1-3 My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Yeshua HaMashiach the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

There is only one way our debt of sin to be paid and that is through the blood of the Messiah Yeshua. To declare anything else for eternal salvation is an insult and is not pleasing to the Father. Only through His Son, with whom He was well pleased, is kosher. The blood of cows and bulls do not pay the price for our eternal rest.

Hebrews 10:1-14 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body have you prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou have had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O G-d. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O G-d. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Yeshua HaMashiach once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of G-d; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he has perfected FOREVER them that are sanctified.

Yechezk'el 4:15-17 Then He said to me, "See, I shall give you cow's dung in place of human dung over which you will prepare your bread." Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, behold, I am going to break the staff of bread in Yerushalayim, and they will eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and drink water by measure and in horror, because bread and water will be scarce; and they will be appalled with one another and waste away in their iniquity. NAS