Ezekiel - Chapter 23

Ezekiel 23:1-21 - I can't help but be surprised by the somewhat graphic language used here. Nothing X rated, more R or PG-13, but certainly language that I would have never heard 'good respectable Christians' use.

Some Christians get criticised for using graphic, shocking language to make their point. They're called sensational and their words are criticised as sinful. Had one of these men written a story like this to illustrate a point, they'd have been taken to the woodshed, so to speak. Yet here is God, deliberately using graphic, shocking terms to make His point. I'm not saying folks should let their words run free, certainly the book of James has something to say about that. I am saying we shouldn't toss out a man's words because we think the language chosen is inappropriate. I think many evangelicals would have brushed Ezekiel aside as irrelevant because of the words (from God) he used.

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Yes the title is vulgar in its visual imagery, but not more so than God’s own description of Samaria and Jerusalem in Ezekiel 23:1-21. HT to Salguod. We (most Christians) read Ezekiel and passages like this one, getting no further with what is be... Read More

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Douglas - I was doing fine, reading this and not finding issue, until I hit verses 20 and 21. To say, "God isn't mincing any words here" is an understatement!

Rong - I've actually been reading the ESV which is slightly more explicit overall in passages like this. Oddly, it's much less so in those two verses. The NIV certainly doesn't mince words there. Wow.



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  • Rong - I've actually been reading the ESV which is slightly more explicit overall in passages like this. Oddly, it's much less so in those two verses. The NIV certainly doesn't mince words there. Wow....

  • Douglas - I was doing fine, reading this and not finding issue, until I hit verses 20 and 21. To say, "God isn't mincing any words here" is an understatement!...

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