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Monday, November 9 2015
Ezekiel 16: The Pride Of The Sisters Of Sodom
"Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters"
The moral Law of the LORD was the only difference between the people of Israel and the people of all other nations because the people of Israel were created from the people of all other nations (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews) - as a living prophecy of how people of all nations may become citizens of the coming Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). But when the people of Israel abandoned the Law of the LORD, they became morally worse than the nations around them because the Israelites had been made clean. That was the point of Peter's statement about how a pig that's given a bath, if it thereafter returns to wallowing in the mire, becomes dirtier than those who haven't yet been made clean.
"2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (2 Peter 2:20-22 KJV)
The Holy Bible is a plain-speaking Book of lessons that were delivered in a way that anyone could understand. For those who had reduced themselves to carnality, graphic terminology was used - as is the case in this chapter of Ezekiel.
"16:1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, 16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. 16:4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. 16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.
The people eventually lost sight of why they had been blessed, and made their responsibility into a fool's personal vanity - a worthless and arrogant delusion that made themselves, and the LORD, into a mockery by the nations around them.
"16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them, 16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them. 16:19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD.
The crime of adultery (see the Fact Finder question below) is moreover about not committing spiritual adultery - thereby becoming, and producing, children of the Devil, rather than children of God i.e. "8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do." (John 8:42-44 KJV)
"16:35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: 16:36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; 16:37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. 16:38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. 16:39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. 16:40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords. 16:41 And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more. 16:42 So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.
Amazingly, when the kingdoms of Israel (Israel and then Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) became corrupt, they became a "sister of Sodom."
"16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. 16:51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. 16:52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.
Fact Finder: What members of Lot's family refused to leave Sodom?
This Day In History, November 9
694: At the Seventeenth Council of Toledo, Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accused Jews of aiding Muslims in his kingdom; he sentenced all Jews to slavery.
1282: Pope Martin IV excommunicated King Peter III of Aragon.
1526: Jews were expelled from Pressburg, Hungary by Maria of Hapsburg.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte led the coup d'état of 18 Brumaire. It ended the "Directory" government.
1862: General Ulysses Grant (who became U.S. President in 1869) issued an order prohibiting Jews from serving under his command in the U.S. Army.
1883: The Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the Canadian Armed Forces (known then as the "90th Winnipeg Battalion of Rifles") was founded.
1906: Although the U.S. was then 130 years old, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to make an official trip outside of the country. He visited the U.S. occupied Panama Canal zone.
1913: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 destroyed 19 ships and killed over 250 people.
1918: At the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars; also The Balfour Declaration), Germany's Prince Max von Baden announced the abdication of Kaiser (the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II (who had fled to the Netherlands and was granted asylum there) and handed his office over to Ebert who thereby became Chancellor. Germany was to be demilitarized and made a republic. Many war veterans were deeply embittered by the defeat and the terms imposed on Germany by The Treaty of Versailles - among them a young gefreiter (lance corporal) by the name of Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1935: Japanese troops invaded Shanghai, China.
1938: Kristallnacht (in German, "Crystal Night") in which Nazi storm troopers attacked Jews and their property throughout Germany. Over 260 synagogues were vandalized, 7,500 Jewish shops were destroyed. Thousands of Jews were seriously injured, 91 were murdered, and another 20,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps. On the same day, a Swiss theology student, Maurice Bevaud, attempted to assassinate Hitler at a Munich rally. He was caught, and executed by guillotine on May 14 1941.
1952: Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, died at age 57 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1953: King Ibn Saud, a Muslim religious leader who created the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, died (see Paul's Geography Lesson).
1965: A large area of the eastern United States and Canada was blacked out in one of the worst power failures in history; it was caused when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls malfunctioned.
1970: Charles DeGaulle, former French General and President, died at age 80.
1972: Anik-1, Canada's first domestic communications satellite, was launched into orbit.
1989: East Germany opened the Berlin Wall.
1990: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany, winning praise from German leaders for his role in the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall.
1998: Capital punishment was abolished in the United Kingdom.
2005: The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.