Today you should read: Ezekiel 23
Something that catches my attention in this chapter is some of the harsh words used to describe sin against God. Words like “harlotry” and “adultery” are strong, attention-getting words. Think of the atrocity that accompanies things like harlotry and adultery. God wasn’t over-speaking by using these words.
Israel must have been atrocious in their sin for God to use these kinds of strong words, right? Well, yeah, but, do you know that each of our individual sins towards God, despite how we choose to view their severity, warrant us to be called harlots and adulterers towards God? Ouch!
Is this an indictment of how bad we each really are? Yes, it is, but it’s even more of an indication of how holy God really is and how in need we are of Jesus. Are we really harlots and adulterers? Yes, we are born with a nature that causes us to desire to go outside of our relationship with God. We do things that are gross and atrocious. We tend to compare ourselves with the harlotry and adultery of Israel and even other people, but we must compare ourselves with the holiness of God.
When we compare ourselves with the holiness of God, we are forced to see our own harlotry and adultery. And when we compare ourselves to God’s holiness, we see our great need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. I’m aware that each sin I commit today and in the future is a great act of harlotry. I’m thankful that the blood of Christ has covered all of my harlotry—past, present, and future.
Questions to consider:
1. Do you view all of your sin as adulterous acts against a holy God, or do you see them as minor slip ups?
2. Do you recognize your great need of a Great Savior to save you from the penalty of sin?
3. Do you recognize how the gospel is on display every day of your life amidst your own acts of harlotry and adultery?
Celebrate the gospel today in your life.
Posted by: Rich Duffield