Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, bear now the punishment of your lewdness and your harlotries.” – Ezekiel 23:35
Some of the images in the book of Ezekiel seem almost vulgar or offensive; however, these “word pictures” were intended to show the depth of the depravity into which the Israelites had plunged. If we are offended when we read them, we should be. Unfortunately, when they were first prophetically uttered, Israel was not.
If a person’s behavior or life is not pleasing to God, then he or she will often (like Israel) try to “sugarcoat” it and make it seem as if things are not really as bad as God might judge; to act as if the offending actions are just “normal” given the present day and circumstances.
Never try to hide the depravity of your sin. Even if the entire world deems it acceptable, a holy God will find it vulgar and offensive. Truth is absolute and lest we forget, His Word is there to remind us … and keep us accountable.
Redemption is inconceivable without truth and holiness. – Roland Allen
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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