November 9, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 23

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SAA Notes

This is not a nice chapter. It deals with a very real side to the Church and to our own Australian society ā€“ that darker side of religious syncretism and idolatry. It will be better for our country, our loved ones, our friends and acquaintances, to know that God is the Sovereign Lord now and not wait to find out on that Day!

SJA Notes

This is one of the more confronting passages in God’s word.

See the sameness with which God treats adultery and idolatry. “With their idols they have committed adultery,”

So it seems clear that in at least one sense, the Lord sees idolatry and adultery as the same action.

Unfaithfulness. A removal of singular devotion. A break in the covenant.

John speaks of them both in 1 John 2, “For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world.”

Judah/Jerusalem had turned from the Father to the world, and God called on Ezekiel to pronounce judgement upon them.

How good then is it that we see Jesus the one who kept both sides of the covenant faithfully, who never slipped or stepped away, who never sinned or broke God’s law.

Praise Him then, look to Him, to the Father, look away from the world!

* Father God,

You are our great God, and you call us to be a faithful people.

Thank You that in Jesus we can offer up our lives as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to You.

Amen.

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