From Disgust to Judgment

Ezekiel 16:15–30 (NKJV)

15 “But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it. 16 You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for yourself, and played the harlot on them. Such things should not happen, nor be. 17 You have also taken your beautiful jewelry from My gold and My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images and played the harlot with them. 18 You took your embroidered garments and covered them, and you set My oil and My incense before them. 19 Also My food which I gave you—the pastry of fine flour, oil, and honey which I fed you—you set it before them as sweet incense; and so it was,” says the Lord God.

20 “Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, 21 that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire? 22 And in all your abominations and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood.

23 “Then it was so, after all your wickedness—‘Woe, woe to you!’ says the Lord God—24 that you also built for yourself a shrine, and made a high place for yourself in every street. 25 You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry. 26 You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger.

The Lord here addressed the harlotry of Israel, a nation found in its weakness and made great by God.  He saved, fed, clothed, and built this bride, bore children with her, and yet she committed horrible sins with false gods.  This passage chronicles the depth to which her harlotry fell. First, it discusses her personal affair with other lovers, false gods, idols. She used the clothing given to her by God to adorn them, and the jewelry He gave her to form phallic symbols and gods.  She offered the food items He gave her to the idols as well. Then it goes on to recount how she offered her children to false gods, passing them through the fire to Molech, effectively giving her children as burnt human sacrifices.  Third, she spread the idolatry throughout the great city of Jerusalem, and allied with other nations, perverting the people of God.

27 “Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior. 28 You also played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. 29 Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader, Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied.

30 “How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord God, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot.

The Lord declares the reach of her idolatry and harlotry, as she gave herself to the Philistines, the Assyrians, and even the Chaldeans.  He declares her degenerate and brazen.  I sometimes imagine what God thinks of the Church of today.  We are His chosen, His redeemed, His saved from the weakness of our existence.  We chase after false gods, build up ourselves, and–for long periods–forget about God.  Could we disgust God the way that Israel and Judah did?  Repent before His disgust turns to judgment.

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