Signs for the very day of Jerusalem’s siege. Ezekiel had been prophesying for almost 10 years when Jerusalem finally fell to the Babylonians.
He has two prophetic signs.
A cooking pot, described in ghastly terms, an arbitrary mix of dead flesh in it, scum coming out, an intense fire fuelled by bones, so intense that it chars and melts the pot itself. The destruction of the city and the people.
His wife dies. The loss of a cherished beautiful living loved one, echoing the destruction of the temple. The ending of God’s presence. Ezekiel is allowed to show no sign of mourning, and the Israelites are to do the same when the official news comes though about the temple.
Living among the Babylonians already, it will show them presumably that there is something bigger afoot, God is in control still somehow.
Always in calamity, in the worst you can imagine, the deepest loss, the most deserved fall: hope, plans.