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

* God of Mercy, please help us understand Your word to us today.

“For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. With their idols they have committed adultery, and they have even offered up to them for food the children whom they had borne to me.”

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

The Lord sees unfaithfulness as abhorrent, idolatry and adultery bound up together.

Unfaithfulness. A removal of a 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.”

God’s people had turned from their Heavenly Father to the world, and God called on Ezekiel to pronounce His judgement upon them.

What for us then?

We can see the thread of Jesus to grab a hold of. That He kept both sides of the covenant faithfully.

Jesus never slipped up or stepped out, He never sinned or broke God’s law.

Praise Him then, look to Him – Away from the world and towards the Son, through whom we know the Father!

* Father God,

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

Please help us to be faithful today.

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


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