An X-rated prophetic warning!
Scripture reading for August 21st: Ezekiel 16-19
How many of you are reading this just to find out what was “x-rated” in the Bible? Ezekiel 16 should contain an “x-rated” warning for graphic and explicit sexual content and violence. God knew how to use the street language of the day to get the attention of the people. The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson gives a graphic reading that made my adult Bible class blush as I read it to them!.
God explained how He saw the nation of Israel and how He had given them life through His grace. Through Adam, they had been born in sin and were covered with iniquity. God in His mercy had given the command “Live” and they received life! (Ezekiel 16:6-7) They grew up to become His beautiful bride and He clothed them in fine linen clothes and gave them fine jewelry. They were given ear rings and nose rings and even a crown for their head as His Queen! (Ezekiel 16:10-14)
Then a strange thing happened: God’s Queen decided to become a prostitute. In her pride, she went up to the high places and spread her beautiful garments and offered sexual favors to all who passed by. She took some of her expensive jewelry and made cheap idols and engaged in prostitution with them! (Ezekiel 16:15-18) She even offered her sons and daughters to the idols by sacrificing them in the fires! What a strange and twisted mind this beautiful woman had!
On top of all that, instead of being paid by her lovers, she paid them to come to her! (Ezekiel 16:32-34) She had paid for favors from the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians and even the Philistines! All of this behavior was going to bring God’s wrath upon His people! (Ezekiel 16:37-40) She would be handed over to her lovers and they would strip her and bring destruction on the land. God’s desire was to turn His Queen back to Him again.
Many in the church today are compromising their devotion to Christ and His holy word. They are justifying their illicit sexual idolatry and claiming to belong to Christ. They throw their children into the fire by using abortion to get rid of unwanted responsibility. They claim God’s favor and blessing when they are really under His wrath because they have never truly repented. (Romans 1:18-20) Maybe it’s time for another reading of this x-rated prophetic warning!