Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 83 Monday

Ezekiel chapter 23

God told Ezekiel a parable about two promiscuous sisters that He called Aholah (meaning "her tent") and Aholibah (meaning "my tent is her") to represent Samaria and Jerusalem, the capital cities of Israel and Judah. God said that after Aholah committed adultery with Assyria her lover turned on her and killed her. Then after witnessing the death of Aholah, Aholibah turned to Assyria and Babylon as her lovers.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Ezekiel to be the judge of Aholah and Aholibah. (verse 36)

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to brign Aholibah's lovers against her also. (verse 22-27)
  • God promised to deliver them from the nations that they hated and into the arms of those whom they loved. (verses 28-30)
  • The Israelites would bear the sin of their idols and know that He alone is God.(verse 49)

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Bridegroom and the nation of Israel is His Bride. This chapter tells of their unfaithfulness to Him when they broke the covenant. So when God says that they were unfaithful to Him and He was jealous, it can be said that this is Jesus, the second member of the Trinity.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Whenever Israel is unfaithful to their God He punishes them for breaking the covenant. This will be the way things are until the end of the Age.

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