Today you should read: Ezekiel 23
The message of Ezekiel 23 is simplistic, but the outcome is terrible. Oholah is symbolic for Samaria, and Oholibah is symbolic for Jerusalem. With both “sisters”, they belonged to the Lord but they went whoring after other nations. The language of the text is so strong. They didn’t just commit adultery once, but they actively pursued rebellion against the Lord by trusting and desiring for the other nations. The outcome for both: destruction.
The irony of this passage is that Samaria and Jerusalem loved the other nations, and yet the other nations turned and destroyed them. Assyria conquers Samaria (v. 9) and Babylon conquers Jerusalem (v. 17). The nations they whored after ultimately brought destruction upon them.
Often times, the things of this world look pleasing, promising, and purposeful. Satan wants it this way. He wants us to lust and whore after worldly things, because when we do, we turn our back on God. Then the things we lusted after, only bring about more problems. Satan has been doing this since the beginning. Adam and Eve whored after the fruit, and the penalty was sin coming into the world.
What worldly items have you been lusting/whoring after? How have they distracted you from God?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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