Today’s passage is Ezekiel 5:1-17. Let’s go!
On verses 1-17: Here comes another object lesson from Ezekiel, given to catch the attention of the spiritually calloused Israelites. Ezekiel senses God telling him to shave his head and beard with a sharp sword. He is to burn one third of the shavings inside the city. He is to take another third and strike it with the sword, doing this all over the city. He is also to take the last third of his hair shavings and scatter them to the wind. All of these actions were to symbolize how, as punishment for their persistent disobedience and idolatry, God would give the Israelites over to famine (possibly symbolized by the fire), military attack (symbolized by the sword), and to wild beasts and disease (symbolized by the wind). The reference in verse 10 to fathers eating their children and children eating their fathers is talking about how severe the famine would become that the Israelites would resort to cannibalism.
“How could a loving God do this to His own people?” you may ask. It is worth noting that for centuries God repeatedly and with great clarity warned the Israelites that they should expect such consequences if they continued to disobey Him and persist in rebellion and idolatry. See, for example, Deuteronomy 28 where Moses warns the people of all the problems they could expect to come upon them if they disobey.