Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday - Ezekiel 16 - A Real Tragedy

N reading through the whole Bible, I don't think there is any passage that more graphically or more effectively communicates who our God is, than this one. This is a metaphorical account of the choosing, blessing, rebellion, judgment and salvation of the nation of Israel. Here in Ezekiel 16 God begins by describing Israel as He first found her. She was like a little baby, newborn and abandoned in a field. God found her in her bloody, forsaken and hopeless condition. She was surely on her way to a quick death.  But He saved her.  He rescued her.  He fed her, clothed her and nurtured her until she grew into a beautiful woman (Ezekiel 16:7). Then, when He saw her maturity and sensed her need for love, he married her (Ezekiel 16:8).

Not only did God marry Himself to Israel, He coddled and cuddled her as a prize. He spoiled her and gave her all that she needed to be successful and satisfied. It was His care for her that caused her to become famous for her beauty. But, when she had reached the pinnacle of her beauty, she fell immediately to the lowest imaginable depths of ugliness. She forgot the love of her divine husband, and she became a tramp (Ezekiel 16:15). That is, she forsook her devotion to Jehovah and began to worship every god of every nation around her and commenced to making leagues with every heathen nation that would give her the least bit of attention.

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