Ezekiel 16 is known for being the most sexually explicit chapter in the Bible. Some scholars even consider it pornographic. The prophet casts the city of Jerusalem as a whore when articulating why God has condemned it and marked it for destruction. This episode explores the portrayal of spiritual apostasy as wanton whoredom in all its ugliness—and God’s amazing ability to forgive in spite of it.
The episode is now live.
“The time has come; the day is near… the rod has blossomed… the time has come the day has arrived!” 🙂
Sorry had to be done!
While considering what Israel was trying to accomplish by going after the Egyptians, et al, I was reminded a bit of the propensity of some modern evangelicals (and others) who “go after” political parties and political leaders for … Power? Manipulation?… what kind of gain, I’m not sure. I thought our faith and knowledge was to be in Jesus Christ and him crucified, not in politics or earthly governments… or in the world.
I wonder what the Lord thinks about Christian leaders (and non-leaders) trying so hard to ingratiate themselves with political leaders under the cover of faith and righteousness… oh wait. Maybe this chapter gives us a clue. Yuck.
Yes, “joining” oneself to alternative saviors/deliverers is a workable analogy.
This has made me question some of the things in my life of which i like but might be an actual love affair. It has also made me wander about things like life insurance policies, as much as they seem to be a part of our modern day life, but can they not also be in some instance and adulterous relationship with the world? paying tribute to an earthly system and trusting it to give care when one Dies?
I think this speaks to intention. We don’t want to deliberately put our own loved ones in hardship when we die. That’s hardly compassionate. True, God can take care of them, but you’d sow a testimony of not being the sort of provider you could have been. For me (just me speaking here), that doesn’t seem like a model of God I want my children to see.
This was actually one of your best yet! Very sensitive and even uncomfortable material to teach… A chapter that most either avoid completely or use as an excuse to get all John Hagee… you explained with class, sensitivity, and commitment to not whitewash the text or an educational opportunity. Seriously, well done!
Thanks – makes me wonder what the downloads for this one are!
Off topic, check out this. Wonder if it’s real?
Has anyone asked where the other ones are? Did the giant just hop on one leg and then hop to a destination hundreds of yards away? Call me dubious.