July 9th

Ezekiel 16-18

  • 16:1-14 – God reminds Jerusalem that it is he who made the city great. It was nothing without him.
  • 16:15-22 – When they refer to Jerusalem “whoring”, it means that Jerusalem would give itself to any available idol worship or other god that presented itself. Jerusalem was not faithful to God.
  • 16:30-34 – God explains that Jerusalem’s actions weren’t even as beneficial as a prostitute’s. Even a prostitute gets some reward for her sins.
  • 16:44-58 – The Israelites looked down on places like Sodom and Samaria for their sins and because they did not have the special bond with God that the Israelites had. Here God puts the Israelites in their place by placing them lower than those nations.
  • 16:59-63 – As poorly as the Israelites have held to their covenant with God, God reiterates his commitment to the covenant.
  • 17:11-21 – These verses explain the parable found earlier in the chapter. The parable tells of Jerusalem/Judah’s unfaithfulness. They trusted in the power of other nations instead of that of God. Judah’s fate for unfaithfulness is destruction.
  • 17:22-24 – Yes! We’re talking about Jesus here. All kinds of people will find rest with Christ and social statuses will flip flop.
  • 18:5-9 – There are many more laws listed in other parts of the Old Testament, but this list is meant to be general guidelines. If you’ve done these things, God will look with favor upon you.
  • 18:10-13 – Though not an exhaustive list of sins, definitely avoid these things.
  • 18:14-20 – This is good news! There had been instances of people being punished for their parents’ sins.
  • 18:26-29 – This reminds us that God is just and forgiving. Israel was the wicked one with every opportunity to turn away from sin. God would have forgiven them.

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