God, the Only Proper Husband

Ezekiel 16:31–43 (NKJV)

31 “You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. 32 You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. 33 Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry. 34 You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given you, therefore you are the opposite.”

The Lord indicts Israel even further, pointing out that she is worse than a harlot.  A harlot receives payment for sex, but Israel adulterated herself for free, even pursuing lovers and paying them!

35 ‘Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord! 36 Thus says the Lord God: “Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them, 37 surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness. 38 And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy. 39 I will also give you into their hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places. They shall also strip you of your clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you naked and bare.

40 “They shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones and thrust you through with their swords. 41 They shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women; and I will make you cease playing the harlot, and you shall no longer hire lovers. 42 So I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. I will be quiet, and be angry no more. 43 Because you did not remember the days of your youth, but agitated Me with all these things, surely I will also recompense your deeds on your own head,” says the Lord God. “And you shall not commit lewdness in addition to all your abominations.

The Lord then speaks of the form of judgment that will befall Israel.  She will be shamed, paraded naked in front of all her lovers.  She will be beaten and bloodied, and her shrines will be broken down by the nations around her.  They will attack her violently and thrust her through with swords, burn down her houses, and then her harlotry will cease.  God’s wrath will cease, and His jealousy.  She forgot the days of her youth, the place from which God saved her.  She forgot her true lover, the one who redeemed her and blessed her and made her glorious.  Don’t forget who brought you to the place of blessing.  God is the only proper husband for you!

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