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Ezekiel chapter 16 An allegory of unfaithful Jerusalem ( a story of an unfaithful Jerusalem)
The Lord tells Ezekiel to confront Jerusalem with their detestable practices and say. On the day that you were born no one looked at you with pity, no one washed you they put you in the fields. On the day you were born you were despised. The word tell us that Ezekiel was talking to the people who were born in the land of the Canaanites; their fathers were Amorite and their mothers were Hittites.
When reading this we would say that’s harsh. but that’s how we come to God, lost and know where to turn. The Lord is talking to Jerusalem a place that was now full of people worshipping Idols.
Verse 6 -14
Ezekiel tells Jerusalem that the sovereign says; that he saw her as an infant laying in her own blood and he told her to live! She grew like a plant becoming a beautiful jewel. The Lord says when he passed by and he saw that she was ready for love he took the corners of his garment and covered her nakedness. Putting gold earrings, bracelets and necklaces, becoming very pretty and rose to be queen. Her fame spread among the nations on account of her beauty because the splendor the Lord had given her made her beauty perfect.
The Lord puts his everything in us; Philippians 1:6 says, he completes a good work that he began. so when he is completing a good work he is building us with a solid foundation making us beautiful. When we are beautiful from the Lords work some may get a lot of attention because their glowing from his splendor. What you do at this point is the important part.
verse 15 – 29
The Lord says; but then she used her beauty and fame to become a prostitute. willing to share yourself with anyone who came pass. giving your beauty to him and not God. She also took the fine jewelry he gave he and idols and engaged in prostitution with them. everything that I gave you, you gave to them (idols) You took the children that you bore to me and sacrificed to them as food. the Lord says was your prostitution not enough? you slaughter my children and sacrificed them. The Lord says you forgot when you were a youth and was kicking around in your blood.
The Lord tells Jerusalem that you then built shrines and was promiscuous with others that passed by. and so I stretched my hand against you and reduced your territory. I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Pallistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct. The Lord says that Jerusalem was greed and not satisfied and continued to allow different nations to come in and worship their idols.
Just like Jerusalem we Know that God has set us on high but we will tend to put other things in front of his. we will do anything to get what we want and need and move the lord to the side. Jerusalem was made beautiful and then forgot where her loyalty lay. she was ready to bring in people who caused the death of the Israelites that worshiped God. hurt he says you slaughtered my children. lets continue
Verse 30 – 48
In these verses Ezekiel tells Jerusalem that the Lord says that he will strip her in front of the lovers that she loved and the lovers that she hated and allow them to tear her apart. He says that he will put a stop to prostitution and she will no longer pay for her lovers. The Lord tells Ezekiel to remind Jerusalem that she didn’t remember the days of her youth.
The Lord then tells Ezekiel to say to Jerusalem like mother like daughter. like your mother you despise your husband and children. We learn that Jerusalem mother is Hittite, father Amorite, older sister Samaria and younger sister Sodom.
In these verses I can feel the Lords hurt. feeling betrayed by someone you love. He watched Jerusalem grow. He breathed life into her only to watch her betray him. Not keeping a relationship. In our walk with God and as we build an intimate relationship with him this is something we need to keep in mind. Not to hurt him again, but grow in our relationship. Not to prostitute ourselves to the things we want but to only have eyes for the Lord. Gory to God!
verses 49 – 63
In these Verse the Lord delivers the message to Jerusalem that he will restore what he has taken away from her and her sisters but she will be ashamed of herself every time she thinks about it, every time she opens her mouth. He tells Jerusalem that she has done worst then her sister Sodom who did not help the poor and needy, he says that Jerusalem has made her sisters seem righteous.
Again we are grateful for Jesus who has died for our sins. When we think about the Lords anger we can’t help but notice the passion and love. The pain of being betrayed. as we walk in our relationship with the Lord it’s important to think bout this chapter. God wants to make us beautiful but not for others for himself. So as God is doing a good work in you don’t be led astray don’t make him jealous. God Bless You guys
Now for the important part, if you are looking for salvation google, download the free bible app or turn your bible to Romans 10:9 and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and God raised him from the dead you shall be saved. get in to the word and began your relationship with the Sovereign Lord and allow him to do a God work in you. God Bless you!