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20 July 2018

Ezekiel 23:2, 3a & 4

“Son of man, there were two women daughters of the same mother. They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth... The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.”

Again and again throughout Scripture, we find God reminding the Jews that they are His special treasured possession. It’s a ‘Ring of Truth’!

God called Israel and made ‘her’ His own – not because ‘she’ had done anything to deserve it or warrant it. God, in His grace alone, looked down in love on Israel and decided to pour out His unconditional favour and blessing upon ‘her’ (see Exodus 6:6-8).

Here again He reminds them that both Samaria and Jerusalem are His because they are both the ‘offspring’ of Israel. They were special to Him and outstanding among the nations. Indeed, all nations looked up to them with jealousy because of the way God had blessed them. That jealousy led to the desire to attack and destroy – which is the natural outflow of jealousy. (It’s the same today.)

However, instead of crying out to God and trusting Him, they turned to other nations for their help. Why? Because they had enjoyed their fame and had become arrogant. Before the nations were jealous, they had enjoyed trading with Israel. They had enjoyed all the benefits from the liaison. They had infiltrated Israeli society. But instead of maintaining their spiritual purity, the people of Israel adopted the evil practices and gods of the nations – something they had been expressly forbidden to do.

The nations loved that because it meant Israel was no longer able to look down upon them or appear different or superior. What the nations proceeded to do was to subtly destroy Israel’s uniqueness through compromise and gradualism. (See also 1 Samuel 8:4-5; 19-20.)

God likens it to adultery. God often relates idolatry to adultery. This is because adultery is a physical or natural picture of the spiritual problem – idolatry. Just as idolatry is forsaking the one true God, adultery is forsaking our one true spouse.

Adultery and prostitution go hand in hand. God condemns Samaria and Jerusalem for their prostitution. Jerusalem even more so because she was able to see the terrible consequences of Samaria’s prostitution, and not only did she refuse to change or repent, she acted in even worse ways.

As Christians, God calls us to be ‘separated out’ to Him and to Him alone. Anything else is idolatry and ends in disaster. (See also 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.)

Be warned, we have been given these pictures as an example to stir us up to remain ‘set apart’ and faithful to God alone.

Compromise may seem very attractive in the short term but it ends in total despair.

We need to ‘stand clear’ and ‘clean’ and resolve never to go that way because we are the ‘Bride of Christ’.

 


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