- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 16
An allegory of unfaithful Jerusalem.
Prophetic message in this chapter is allegorical, explaining unfaithfulness of Judah using family relationship— family origin, marriage relationship, and siblings.
This chapter falls into five sectional verses:
Introduction (1-3) — Judah was foreign origin, outside of the covenantal relationship with God
Indictment (4-34) — the indictment of Jerusalem, her desperate origin, God’s merciful initiative and her outrageous response with prostitution, idolatry, child sacrificing, and making lofty shrine. All of these were detestable things before God.
Sentencing (35-43) —- God’s sentence was just and is the consequences of their corruption.
Renewed indictment (44-52) —- the indictment shamed Jerusalem by comparing her with others who were considered the worst sinners. Jerusalem was described as more corrupt than Sodom at least three times.
Hope of covenant renewal (53-63) — God remembered the covenant that God made with the ancestors of Israel, and wanted to renew it with Jerusalem. In the face of a summary indictment, “I” statement confirmed covenant renewal by God. “I will deal with,” “I will remember,” “I will establish my covenant with you.”
The allegorical description of death sentence to Jerusalem for her corruption points to consolidating of the covenant, the recognition of the Lord, the response of humble and truthful self-awareness, the end of finding fault, , and God’s purification of Jerusalem out of God’s mercy.
All these come to concluding point, “You will know that I am the Lord.” (v63)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?