Ezekiel 16

Vs. 2, “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices.”  Here we are presented another allegory (story with a hidden meaning) just like our previous chapter.  We are presented a picture of a baby (vs. 4-6) and in this portrays God’s love for Israel.  As the baby grows up to a woman, the woman is beautiful and starts to turn to the world (vs. 15).  Israel is compared to wife who turns to adultery and prostitutes herself to others (vs. 32).  The sin plays out and the prostitute suffers severely for her wayward sins.  Yet, we see a husband (God) whose heart is broken, but still loves his wife and forgives her.  It’s really a very sad alleogry that must break the heart of God to see those He loves turn their hearts hard with pride and selfishness.

 

Regarding application…Remember Your Sins.  Vs. 61, “Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed…”  Seems like a strange encouragement.  But this is exactly what we need to do.  Too often, we get so busy with life we press forward with the tasks at hand, forgetting the things we need to repent of.  We think, “It’s all good!”  But little do we realize we are going down that slippery slope not realizing we are going downward.  Brothers & Sisters, I encourage you to travel deeper into your heart.  Be still today and ask the Lord help reveal to you what might be things that are keeping you from completely turning to Him.  He loves us so much, don’t ever forget that!