Ezekiel 4–5: Prophecies of Jerusalem's Destruction

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 169

As with Jeremiah, the Lord had Ezekiel use objects and physical symbols to teach the people in ways they were more likely to notice and remember. Ezekiel 4–5 records symbols the Lord told Ezekiel to use to represent the wickedness of the Israelites or the destruction of Jerusalem.