Ezekiel 16 is a mournful sad tale. I was just struck with such sorrow as I read it. Here is God describing his heart for Israel, his provision for them, his plan for them, and their ultimate scorning of God’s goodness. The pride of the nation, their blatant immorality, their complete disregard for God, the one who made them everything they were. I was struck with the sorrowful tone of this parable as I read through it. This was not at all God’s plan or desire for this one that he rescued and loves, and yet he must do something to correct their ways or they will be lost to him forever.
I was also struck by one line from verse 59 in this parable, near the end. It says: “I will deal with you according to what you have done…” PRAISE BE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST that God does not deal with us according to what we have done! We would be in big trouble if he did. But by his mercy, obtained by us through Jesus, God deals with us in the exact opposite way that we deserve. We must rejoice in that!
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Ezekiel 18-19