Ezekiel 16 – focused on 37 through 41
The entire book of Ezekiel is overwhelmingly this; that God is sovereign over all creation.
That’s the broadest sense of the book, I believe, but as you dig you quickly begin to see the state of Israel, once again, polluted, defiled, wavering, careless and even promiscuous.
Ezekiel’s given message really seems to focus on Israel as the holy people of the holy temple, the holy city and the holy land.
That’s where I want our focus to be. We ARE NOW, through God’s gracious love and grace towards the gentiles, also a part of those holy people of the holy temple (I Cor 6:19), citizens of the holy city (Phil 3:20) and governed by the King of the Holy land (Rev 19:16).
So what we’re about to look at does, indeed, apply to us, now, as God’s people.
Judged as an Adulteress and a Murderer
The Lord will enact His judgment as He has given through the Law in Lev. and Deut. regarding marriage violations! And He gives a quite detailed account!
It made me think, if this does apply, then how does it today?
Verse 37: nakedness always speaks of great shaming! Among the things you loved and the things you’ve hated…there’s no difference! When in sin, the things you love are still a part of the hated things.
Maybe the only reason they’re hated then is because they don’t fulfill what you want right then.
Verse 38: the Lord says, I’m going to judge you as one that deserves death! Your deeds are worthy of the such because you’ve become an adulterer/adulteress!
Verse 39: our same sins will be the destroyer of our love for them when God deals with us! They will shame us greatly!
The eminent and high places we’ve built up in worship to our idols and false gods and pleasures of the world will fall in their own filthiness.
They strip us of our grace clothes, if you will, leaving us bare and exposed before God and the world.
The enjoyment and love we had for it in that season will have ended and it’s like we’ve been attacked and robbed and have lost great things because of them.
Verse 40: as if that wasn’t enough, the end of these things is, I believe, the feeling OF death! When God reveals your sin unto you that you have dwelt in for far too long there IS that dooming pain that lingers.
Cheating on God is indescribably painful, it’s disgusting, and shameful and you are left bare after it’s done. There’s nothing to show for it.
There’s nothing to boast in. You feel filthy.
Verse 41: What you think you’ve gathered is burnt. Our sinful desires for that thing immediately burn to the ground, leaving us with no shelter in it. We’re often made an example.
Your sins will find you out!
And God says, I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot and selling yourself out to other gods. I AM JEALOUS over my people!!!
Notice in verse 36, it gives the proper name of God! Adonai Yahweh!
He is speaking with His full and proper name – God says, I am Your Husband, Adonai Yahweh…because you have cheated on our marriage covenant, your sins will shame you greatly.
The True and Gracious Husband; The Forgiver
We see all these things in the life of Israel…we see them reflected in our life, often times.
But when you think of this as a marriage, we’d quickly say, anyone who would ever go back to that is a fool! And that would be hard to argue against!
“BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us” (Eph 2:4) says even to this people, EVEN to us! --- “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6)
Look at verse 60!
The Lord speaks of His Everlasting Covenant!
“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.” (Jer 32:40)
Wow. Even after all that.
When we find ourselves in the place of Israel; built up high places and eminent places, we MUST repent! And be sure there IS a reaping for those things. God assures us He will discipline us if we’re His.
Despise high places and eminent places! When we are enticed by the notion of cheating on our God, run to the better place! The Hiding Place!
“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” (Psalm 32:7)
Tear down those high places now, if there are any, before we make the Lord do that for us!