Our teaching will come from Ezekiel 16.1-37.
And the title of our message is, Jerusalem is GOD’S adulterous wife, while the nations are GOD’S adulterous children.
And with that said, I will read Ezekiel 16.1-37 along with my comments.
This is not a very happy reading. GOD says to The Jewish People what He says to all the world for their sin. And remember, sin for all people is disobeying Torah, The Law of Moses, and sin is also disobeying any Word Spoken by GOD in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Sin is disobeying GOD, any Word GOD Speaks in The Bible. And sin today is rejecting The Jewish Messiah Yeshua, The Jesus Christ of The New Testament, Who is ELOHIM, GOD ALMIGHTY, HA SHEM, THE FATHER.
1/ Starting with Ezekiel 16.1, Again The Word of The LORD came to Ezekiel, saying,
2/ Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations.
The abominations of The Jewish People were worshiping idols and disobeying Torah, GOD’S Law, The Law of Moses. And idols are also an abomination.
GOD repays Jewish iniquity and sin double because GOD expects more from His Jewish People. GOD Spoke Face to face with Moses to give us His Laws written in Torah, The Law of Moses, that Moses gave to The Jewish People. And The Jewish People through The Bible gave GOD’S Law to the nations. Therefore GOD expects more from His Jewish People. And therefore GOD repays us double for our iniquity and sins.
EXODUS 33.11, JEREMIAH 16.17-18
As a point of information to The Jewish People and the Gentiles, at some point in the future GOD will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle. Why? Because of Jewish sin. Disobeying Torah, The Law of Moses, and rejecting Their Messiah Yeshua, The Jesus Christ of The Bible Who is HA SHEM, ELOHIM, THE FATHER, GOD ALMIGHTY.
And GOD will save a remnant of His Jewish People when the nations attack Israel because the remnant obeyed GOD and received their GOD and Messiah, Messiah Yeshua.
And The LORD GOD, The Jewish MESSIAH YESHUA will return from Heaven to Israel and destroy those nations attacking Jerusalem because of their sin, disobeying Torah, The Law of Moses, and hating The Jewish People. ZECHARIAH 14
3/ And GOD said to Ezekiel, Thus saith The LORD GOD to Jerusalem, Your birth, and your place of both is of the land of Canaan. Your father was an Amorite, and your mother a Hittite. Meaning, you are like Amorites and Hittites, Canaanite people who were idolaters, living abominable lives in The Sight of GOD.
4/ And as for your birth in the day you were born, your umbilical cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor were you rubbed with salt to firm your tender flesh, nor were you wrapped in garments of cloth.
5/ No eye pitied you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion upon you, but you were cast out into the open field. Meaning, no one had compassion for Israel, The Jewish People in the day you were born. When you were in Egyptian slavery for four hundred years, no one wanted you. No one cared for you. You were unwanted, abandoned to die. Even during the Holocaust, and the Inquisitions, and the Crusades.
6/ And when I passed by you, The LORD GOD said, and I saw you wallowing in your own blood, and I said to you when you were in your blood, Live, Yes, I said to you when you were in your blood, Live.
And GOD caused the baby Israel to live. And miraculously, because of GOD, Israel and The Jewish People live today, and will live as long as the new heavens and the new earth shall remain before Me, saith The LORD. And The Jewish People, not all, and Our Name Israel, shall remain before GOD forever. ISAIAH 66.22
7/ As the bud multiplies in the field, saith The LORD GOD, I have caused you to grow, and become great, and your beauty is most splendid. Your breasts are fashioned, and your hair has grown, whereas you were naked and bare.
8/ Now, when I passed by you, and looked upon you, behold, your time was the time of love, and I spread My skirt over you, and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an Oath to you, and entered into Covenant with you, saith The LORD GOD, and you became Mine.
The Jewish People became GOD’S wife. And GOD became our Husband, forever married to His People. ISAIAH 54.5-10
GOD’S Covenant with His Jewish People is Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation that we shall do, and be obedient. That GOD is The GOD of The Jewish People, and the land of Canaan that became The Land of Israel is The Everlasting Homeland of The Jewish People.
And The New Covenant, The Jewish Messiah Yeshua, The Almighty GOD, is our Atonement, and that GOD has put His Law, The Law of Moses in our hearts to obey Him always, and GOD will be our GOD, and we are His People. And GOD will forgive our iniquity, and remember our sin no more if we continue in obedience to Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation, and have Messiah Yeshua for our Atonement.
And that The New Testament is a continuation of Tnakh, The Old Testament that contains The Spoken Word of GOD.
And GOD’S Covenant is also for non Jewish People who love GOD and prove it by obeying Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible that includes The Law of Moses, with Messiah Yeshua. And that is Life, even Eternal Life.
GENESIS 17.8, EXODUS 24.6-8, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, JEREMIAH 31.31-34, MATTHEW 4.4, MATTHEW 26.28, LUKE 4.4
9/ And GOD said, then I Washed you with Water, yes, I thoroughly Washed away your blood from you, and I Anointed you with oil.
GOD Anointing The Jewish People with oil was setting His Jewish People apart to Dedicate and Appoint His People to be His Servant and His Witnesses, to be a Holy People to The LORD our GOD, and Special to live by Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible. And to Know and Believe GOD and Understand that there is only One GOD and no others. That GOD is The Father, The Son, The Messiah Yeshua, The Spirit, The Holy Spirit, The Saviour, and much more.
And as GOD’S Witnesses, we Jewish People are to preach The Gospel of The Kingdom to all the world for a witness to all the nations. And then shall the end come. And The Gospel of The Kingdom is Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation, and that Yeshua The Messiah, The Jesus Christ of The Bible, is The Jewish Messiah for The Jewish People and all the world.
And when GOD says, He washed away our blood from us, GOD means that we are clean from sin by obeying The Spoken Word of GOD written throughout The Bible.
NUMBERS 23.9, DEUTERONOMY 7.6-11, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, DEUTERONOMY 33.27-29, ISAIAH 43.10-11, HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9. 6, DANIEL 9.25-26, MATTHEW 4.4, MATTHEW 24.14, LUKE 4.4, JOHN 4.25-26, JOHN 12.44-45, JOHN 14.9, 1 PETER 1.25
10/ I clothed you also with broidered work, saith The LORD, and furnished you with leather sandals, and I clothed you with fine linen, and I covered you with silk.
11/ And I decked you with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon your hands, and a chain on your neck.
12/ And I put a jewel on your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a crown of beauty upon your head.
13/ And you were adorned with gold and silver. And your clothing was of fine linen and silk, and embroidered fine work. You ate the finest of foods, honey, and oil. And you were very, very beautiful, and you became fit for Royalty.
GOD treated The unwanted Jewish People as a Queen, and provided His People with everything they needed, and everything they desired.
14/ Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect. It was My Splendor that I set upon you, saith The LORD GOD.
15/ But you trusted in your beauty, and played the whore, worshiping idols rather than worshiping The LORD Your GOD. And because of your fame, you poured out your fornications of idol worship on all who passed by to be his. That is, Israel, The Jewish People, became like all other idol worshiping nations, with the nations.
Even after The LORD GOD says, I am The LORD Your GOD Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make to yourselves any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them. For I The LORD Your GOD am a Jealous GOD visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of them who hate Me, and showing mercy to thousands of them who love Me and Keep My Commandments. EXODUS 20.1-6
16/ And from your clothing, GOD said, you took, and decked out your high places of idols for your pagan worship, clothing of different colors. And you played the whore worshiping idols rather than worshiping The LORD your GOD. This you should not have done, and it will not continue.
17/ And you took your beautiful jewels of My gold and of My silver which I have given to you, and you made for yourselves idols of men and became whores like them, worshiping them.
18/ And you took your beautiful embroidered garments, and clothed your idols with them, and put My anointing oil, and My incense before them.
19/ My food also which I gave you, fine flour and oil, and honey with which I fed you. You have even set that before your idols for a sweet savor. And so it is, saith The LORD GOD.
20-21/ And you have taken your sons and your daughters whom you have borne to Me, and these you have sacrificed to your false gods to be devoured for food. Is this of your whoredoms and pagan worship a small matter that you have slaughtered My Children and given them to pass through fire for them?
22/ And in all your abominations and your whoredoms of idolatry, you have not remembered the days of your youth when you were naked and bare, and you wallowed in your blood. There was no one to help you, or save you except Me, The LORD Your GOD.
23-24/ And it happened, after all your wickedness, woe, woe, to you saith The LORD GOD, that you have also built to yourselves temples for your idols, and you have made your idols to be on every street.
25/ At the beginning of every street you have built your high places for your idols, and you have made your beauty to be abhorred, and you have opened your feet to every one that passes by, and you have multiplied your whoredoms.
26/ You have whored with the great men of Egypt your neighbors by worshiping your idols, and you have increased your whoring to provoke Me to anger, saith The LORD GOD.
27/ Behold, I have stretched out My Hand over you by famine to cause small amounts of food upon you, and delivered you to the will of them that hate you, the Philistines who are ashamed of you by your lewd way.
28/ You have played the whore also with the Assyrians because you were never satisfied. You played the whore with them, and yet you were never satisfied.
ISAIAH 55.1-3 When you thirst after GOD, He will give you His sumptuous food, His Word, His Teachings, and His Messiah Yeshua, Who is GOD Himself, and The Sure Mercies of David Whom GOD greatly Loves, and Eternal Life, all without money, and without price. And by being obedient to The LORD you will delight in The LORD Your GOD forever.
29/ And GOD said to The Jewish People, You have multiplied your fornications, worshiping idols in Canaan to Babylon and yet you were not satisfied.
30-31/ How weak and degenerate is your heart, saith The LORD, seeing you do all these things, the work of an overbearing whorish woman, in that you build your eminent high places for your idols at the head of every highway, and your high place at every open space, and you have not been as a prostitute because you scoff at money.
32/ But as a wife who commits adultery, and The Jewish People are GOD’S wife, you take strangers instead of your Husband, The Holy One of Israel, GOD ALMIGHTY.
33/ Gifts are given to all prostitutes, saith The LORD, but you give gifts to all your lovers, and hire them that they may come to you on every side of your whoredom.
34/ And in you is the opposite of other women. You solicit instead of being solicited. You give gifts instead of receiving gifts. Thus you are the opposite of other woman.
Think back to the three exiles of The Jewish People from Israel in 722 and 586 B.C.E./B.C., because of Jewish whoredoms in Israel of worshiping idols. And in 70 C.E./A.D. because Jewish People rejected Their GOD and Messiah Yeshua Ha Mashiakh. And for those reasons, The GOD of Israel exiled His Jewish People from Israel for 2,000 years to the four corners of the earth. And Israel was looted during those three exiles. The Temples were looted of their treasure, and The Jewish People lost their Temples in 586 B.C.E./B.C. and 70 C.E./A.D. because of worshiping idols, and rejecting our GOD and MESSIAH, YESHUA HA MASHIAKH.
Want a vivid picture of the looting of The second Temple, search for pictures of the arch of Titus in Rome.
2 KINGS 17.6-25, 2 CHRONICLES 36.11-21, LUKE 19.41-44, MATTHEW 23.37-39
35/ And GOD said to Israel, therefore O harlot, hear The Word of The LORD.
36/ Thus saith The LORD GOD, Because your filthiness was poured out, and your nakedness discovered, that is, your prostitution is revealed through your whoredoms of idol worship with your lovers, the nations, and with all the idols of your abominations. And by the blood of your children whom you sacrificed through fire to your idols which you gave to them,
37/ Behold, therefore I will gather all your lovers, the nations that Israel was allied with, whom you have taken pleasure. All that you have loved, with all the nations whom you have hated, I will gather them against you, saith The LORD, because you are an adulteress woman.
LAMENTATIONS 1.1-3, ZECHARIAH 14.1-12
Next Shabbat we will celebrate Purim, so the following Shabbat we will continue this Chapter.