God’s Love for Jerusalem

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Apostasy

Few nations have possessed the proud national consciousness of Israel. Patriotic feeling burned brightly. Israel’s past made it impossible for her to be indifferent to the elements of greatness in her history. Ezekiel, however, did not share her pride. One commentary said he traced her history through three stages-"foundling child,” “unfaithful spouse” and “abandoned prostitute.”

The Lord used an allegory to illustrate the ingratitude and unfaithfulness of Jerusalem’s citizens. Originally Jerusalem was a Canaanite city, populated by Amorites and Hittites. It was like an unwanted baby, thrown into a field and left to die from exposure. However, the Lord preserved the child’s life. Later, after she had grown into a mature, young lady, the Lord entered into a marriage covenant with her. He clothed her with beautiful garments, provided her with food, and made her a queen. Ezekiel tells Israel’s life story from God’s point of view. God first came across Israel as an abandoned baby, unwashed and unloved (vv. 1-6). He blessed her with life and, when she came of age and beauty, made a marriage covenant with her (vv. 7-8). This was the covenant at Mount Sinai when God gave Israel his law. He was an adoring, considerate and generous husband who shared his splendor with her (vv. 9-14).

Application

Even though I am a sinner who deserves punishment, just like Israel and Jerusalem, God loves me and brings joy and peace into my life for which I praise Him.

Ezekiel 16:1-14 (English Standard Version)


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