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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Unfaithfulness (Ezekiel 16)

Have you ever experienced unfaithfulness? The person that pledged their life to you, to walk beside you in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, to always keep the covenant you made together, decided they were going to break that lifelong covenant.

This in a nutshell is the message of Ezekiel 16. Except the unfaithful wife is Israel in its covenant relationship with God.

Ezekiel 16 tells us that God chose Israel out of compassion for a people who were being overlooked like an unwanted newborn child.

Ezekiel 16:4 As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed.

God made a covenant with Israel, took care of her, and clothed her with fine linen. After God abundantly blessed Israel, her fame went forth throughout the nations.

But then the sad part comes. Rather than continuing to love God for His great love, care, and blessings, Israel became prideful and thought she had rose to fame by her own doing rather than by God's blessings. So Israel abandoned God and chased after foreign lovers.

Ezekiel 16:15 But you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by who might be willing.

The story continues to get worse from there. Israel offered the jewels God gave her to foreign nations. She took the oil and incense which God provided for worship to foreign nations. Then to top it all off, Israel sacrificed its children to idols.

Ezekiel 16:20 You took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols.

Israel built shrines and high places and worshiped idols as she turned her back on the God who saved her and provided for her.

God used a human analogy of marriage to give Ezekiel an understanding of His heart for His people and how it had been broken by their disobedience. God looks to Israel as His wife, who after showering her with blessings, decided she was unhappy and wanted to pursue other lovers. All the love God had given her was not enough to quench her thirst. That's how God views Israel's unfaithfulness.

But the question we need to ask ourselves is have we been unfaithful to Jesus just as Israel has been to God.

The church, those who have entered into a covenant relationship with Jesus, are the bride of Christ:

Revelation 19:7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.

John 14:3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

If we claim to be a "Christian," a follower of Christ, are we truly keeping our covenant with Jesus or have we abandoned Him just as Israel abandoned God?

We are living in the most deceptive time ever. The world is radicalizing those around us to hate God, to hate His Word, and to hate those who are living under the covenant of Christ.

Jesus tells us to go out and love others, teaching them to obey everything He has commanded us. (Matthew 28:18-20)

But the world says to hate those who disagree with you and live for yourself, "my body, my choice" which is the mantra of the harlot of Ezekiel 16.

Satan was working in Ezekiel's time and he is now working overtime today to radicalize the hearts of the world through addiction, lust, money, hate, and the pursuit of material possessions. He will continue to radicalize the world against God and His followers.

So each of us has to make a choice of who we will serve, God or self (which is Satan).

Matthew 4:9 And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."

Satan is a liar and in fact the father of lies who comes to destroy us, making us think that we can find happiness through money, status, clothes, possessions, etc.

John 8:44 He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

None of these things Satan encourages us to chase after will ever make us happy because God created us to be in relationship with Him. When we are not in relationship with Him, we can chase and chase after the things of this world. But they will never quench our thirst.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."

Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Thankfully, Jesus is standing right beside us with arms wide open waiting for us to choose to repent of our sins and turn back to Him so that He can welcome us back into fellowship with Him and restore our relationship with God the Father. Will you choose Jesus today?

Dear Lord, I think each of us can relate to the story in Ezekiel 16. Each of us in some way has been the one abandoned and each of us has been the one to walk away. Please forgive me for the times that I have been the one to walk away from You. Thank you for always standing next to me with arms wide open, never giving up on me, and waiting to welcome me back to You. Please protect me from the evil one. Please protect me from the temptation to chase after worldly pleasures and desires. Please strengthen me to keep my eyes focused on You at all times, in all situations. Thank you Lord for loving me enough to die on the cross in my place, making that new covenant with me, and promising me everlasting life with You. Today and every day, I choose You, Lord.

In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

Luke 21:28 When you see these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

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