‘What a sick heart you have’: Ezekiel 16 (12 September 2020)

Bible Society's Daily Reflections follow the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, designed for those who want to read the whole Bible in one year. Each reflection focuses on one of its four daily chapters. Darllenwch rhain yn Gymraeg.



We come before you Lord, just as we are: nothing more, nothing less. You made us in your image and loved us into being. So be among us now, just as we are: nothing more, nothing less. We thank you God for this time today. Amen.


Daily reflection: Ezekiel 16

In extensive detail, Israel is compared with the bride of God. Yet she has been repeatedly unfaithful, and played the prostitute to many other nations. This chapter is written in a language very similar to the bride/harlot comparison in the book of Hosea.

The mission of Israel was to prepare the way for the arrival of Christ but she has failed spectacularly. She has renounced God for false gods while even the other nations were more faithful to their own gods. Israel even sacrificed children to Moloch (verse 20), and brought many idols of other nations into the temple. Even the land of Sodom did not commit as many atrocities as has Israel in relation to God. How long will Israel sell herself in the market and make a quick profit from her body?

Ezekiel says that God has had enough of Israel’s adultery and will treat them as they deserve because they have ignored their promises and broken the covenant (verse 59). But ultimately, God will stand firm in his promises to love his people and take them back to his heart. God will forgive Israel so that she will remember whom she should love and worship. God will restore Israel once more, and will make a new covenant (just as he promises in Jeremiah 31.31–34).



Loving Lord, when I am faithless, call me home. When I betray you, turn my heart to you, that I may repent and seek your love and run no more. Amen.

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