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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
“Lord Jesus, no matter how bad things get, you still have plans. You have good plans for us. So we want to cooperate with your plans. Thank you for calling us to yourself. We are yours. Amen.”
16 – Ezekiel is giving Israel (Jerusalem/Judah) a scolding for their absolutely inexcusable behavior. God has cared for them since their conception, given them the best of protection, provision, adornment and love. They are like a wife now succumbed to unfaithfulness. Not just the unfaithfulness of a wandering heart that strayed by default… Jerusalem was aggressively unruly, sinful. They had a practical glee about their dark fetishes that had completely overtaken them culturally. The God of Abraham was desperately grieved and the Hebrews in Jerusalem were way worse than smug about it. God had cared for them from the start and cared for them tenderly. Come Ezekiel’s day they were reknown for their whoring behavior. The “bride” had fallen so far! They prostituted themselves to any customers; any and all who would pass by. The idolatry was endless, the dark and sickening practices wereworse than the people of foreign nations that God had told them not to act like, associate with, not resemble in any way. They were now having an ungodliness contest with themselves since they had long outdone their pagan neighbors. They were a sick people who needed a serious “country whoopin’ ” And they were about to get it! The Egyptians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Philistines were all in the shadow of Israel and yet Israel was darker than all of them. Weird development if there ever was one. God was on the verge of taking the severest of measures to get them to cease the prostitution. It’s unreal what they had reduced Jerusalem to being – a pit of darkness. They may as well have been borne to pagans. Sodom would have blushed at the behavior of those living in Jerusalem. God’s punishment was imminent, and the purpose of the punishment was to chasten Jerusalem so that God could dwell with them again, bring them back and bless them again. God’s love was never to fail. It hadn’t in the past and it wouldn’t now. Amazing, amazing love!