Ezekiel - Chapter 16

Ezekiel 16:4-14 - A reminder to Israel where they came from and to whom they owe their life. What a picture of God, rescuing the abandoned infant, protecting and sheltering the innocent and vulnerable teenage girl. Not only that, but raising the low to glory and splendor. We would do well to remember how God has done this for us. It is not our doing that we have gone from wallowing in blood and filth to a member of God's own family.

Ezekiel 16:15-22 - The picture of God as a rescuer and then the husband and lover, raising Israel, his bride, to glorious heights is crushed here with the description of what Israel did with what God provided. Verse 17:

You also took your beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself images of men, and with them played the whore.

All the things that God provided, Israel, His bride, used to seduce other Gods. Imagine, pouring out your life for your wife, rescuing them, giving you all to provide for them, raising them form poverty, no certain death, to wealth beyond their earlier dreams and then them using your provisions, your loving gifts, to seduce another. Treating it, and you, with contempt. Even the least religious, one who knows nothing of got and doesn't care, would be crushed by this or would decry it if seen in another. Verses 20-22:
And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter that you slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them? And in all your abominations and your whorings you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, wallowing in your blood.

Ezekiel 16:30-34 - You can hear God's anguish and hurt for how Israel has treated him "How sick is your heart ..." he says in v. 30., verse 32:

Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband!

God then contrasts Israel's behaviors with a prostitute. Though she acted like one, having man after man, she did not solicit payment, in fact she paid them with gifts. So she was different, and actually worse. She did not do it for money, but instead she actually desired them in her heart.

It is no wonder that God is angry and understandable that he is judging Israel. He spends the rest of the chapter telling what he will do to Israel as a result of their sins. Not only wrath and judgement, but ultimately restoration. For God's anger is rooted in love, his discipline is meant to correct and instruct. In verses 62-63 He says:

I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord God."

Isn't that the truth. After all that Israel has done, after all that we have done, it's confounding that God would establish a covenant with us & restore us, "atoning for all that we have done".

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