Today's passages: Ezekiel 5:1-17, 6:1-14, 7:1-27, 8:1-18, 9:1-11.
I made a list today of all of God's tasks for Ezekiel that serve as metaphors:
*E. is to tell them God's word whether they listen or not (and God predicts they won't listen) (2:1-ff)
*E. eats the scroll of funeral songs, doom, and destruction (2:8-10, 3:1-3)
*E. is to shut himself in his house (3:24)
*God ties E. up (3:25)
*God sticks E.'s tongue to the roof of his mouth so he can't pray for Israel (3:36)
*E. is to make a map out of a brick and do all this stuff to it (4:1)
*E. lies on his left side for over a year (390+40 days) (4:4)
*God ties E. up with ropes so that he is immobile (4:8)
*E. has to ration food and water (4:10)
*E. has to bake his bread in front of everyone over dung (cow, not human) (4:12-17)
*E. has to shave his head and beard (5:1)
*E. should burn the shaved hair and tie some of the hair into his robe (5:2-4)
God gives Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea metaphors to act out, but He explains the symbolism as well--explanations for what He asks them to do).
Along with all the extreme stuff God asks Ezekiel to do, though, Ezekiel receives multiple glimpses into Heaven's Throne room and visions of Jesus himself.
I want to see Jesus, too--but I don't want to do all the extreme stuff God might ask me to do. Yet the more I see Him, experience Him, the more willing I am to do whatever He asks.
Even if He doesn't explain it.
(I think. . .)