There’s a Judgment Day Coming on Judah Ezekiel 4-24, cont’d.
Ezekiel 12-24 Reasons & Certainty of Judgment through Object Lessons, Messages, a Proverb, and Parables, cont’d.
Ezekiel 16:1-63-The Parable of Israel as an Unfaithful Wife.
Ezekiel 16:1-14-Israel was Thrown Away Like a Miscarried Child
Israel had an immoral birth...was not wanted...and was thrown out like a miscarriage (:1-5).
- The extraction of the Jewish nation was mean: "Thy birth is of the land of Canaan (v. 3); thou hadst from the very first the spirit and disposition of a Canaanite.' The patriarchs dwelt in Canaan, and they were there but strangers and sojourners, had no possession, no power, not one foot of ground of their own but a burying-place. Abraham and Sarah were indeed their father and mother, but they were only inmates with the Amorites and Hittites, who, having the dominion, seemed to be as parents to the seed of Abraham, witness the court Abraham made to the children of Seth (Gen. 23:4, 8), the dependence they had upon their neighbours the Canaanites, and the fear they were in of them, Gen. 13:7; 34:30. If the patriarchs, at their first coming to Canaan, had conquered it, and made themselves masters of it, this would have put an honour upon their family and would have looked great in history; but, instead of that, they went from one nation to another (Ps. 105:13), as tenants from one farm to another, almost as beggars from one door to another, when they were but few in number, yea, very few. And yet this was not the worst; their fathers had served other gods in Ur of the Chaldees (Jos. 24:2); even in Jacob's family there were strange gods, Gen. 35:2. Thus early had they a genius leading them to idolatry; and upon this account their ancestors were Amorites and Hittites.
Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Ezekiel 16,
Ezekiel 16:6-14-Israel was Saved by God to be His Bride
God took Israel as His bride and she became beautiful and known among the nations because of what He had done for her. The words, “spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness” speak of an act which symbolized marriage (cf. Ruth 3:9). God initiated a covenant with Israel that legally established it as His (:8).
Ezekiel 16:15-34-Israel was Unfaithful Like an Adulterous Wife
Israel began to worship other gods, using the very wealth that God had given them in the process. She also made arrangements with other countries...depending on those alliances instead of God. God says that Israel is a different kind of harlot because she doesn't receive payment for what she does...instead, she pays those that she has an affair with.
Ezekiel 16:35-52-Israel was Judged Like a Harlot
God says that He is going to use the very countries that Israel has committed adultery with for judgment against her.
Ezekiel 16:53-63-Israel was Redeemed as a Forgiven Bride
God will restore Israel...not because they deserve it, but because of the covenant that He had made with her.
Prayer: Lord, the story of Israel’s unfaithfulness is my story. I have sinned…maybe not in the exact way that Israel sinned…but I have sinned, none-the-less. In essence, all sin is alike, because all sin is an act of prideful disobedience. And it all leads me away from You and into slavery. Thank You for redeeming me from sin, Lord. And thank You for forgiving me. And thank You for bringing me back into fellowship with You.