Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to Jerusalem: “Your birth and your nativity are from the land of Canaan; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. 4 As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. 5 No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born.
6 “And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ 7 I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare.
8 “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord GOD.
9 “Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil. 10 I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. 11 I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. 12 And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty. 14 Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord GOD.
15 “But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it. 16 You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for yourself, and played the harlot on them. Such things should not happen, nor be. 17 You have also taken your beautiful jewelry from My gold and My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images and played the harlot with them. 18 You took your embroidered garments and covered them, and you set My oil and My incense before them. 19 Also My food which I gave you—the pastry of fine flour, oil, and honey which I fed you—you set it before them as sweet incense; and so it was,” says the Lord GOD.
What an elaborate picture of what the Lord has done! Sure death is driven away and love is lavished in care, nurturing and gifts. The love and gifts are taken and then given to another. How very sad.
Are we guilty also? Is our nation and is our world also guilty? Do we trample what the Lord has given to us in the ground of our self-interests? Only we can answer. Have we left the one who loved us, provided for us and given what He has given to us to another? Only we can answer.
Our nation was despised at its start, it was called ‘savage’ and ‘uncivilized’ and needed settling and developing. The Lord came by and said “Live” and America grew, flourished, became America the Beautiful. At the present time she is claiming her achievements are her own doing. She is taking the blessings and giving them to other nations. She is turning away from the Lord who loved her, nurtured her and clothed her in beauty and giving those gifts to other gods. Will she escape judgment if Israel did not? What do you think?
Take away: What a beautiful picture of the love of God, taking something others despised and making it into something of beauty. Nothing of the despised object was required. The gift of life and beauty was freely given out of love. God has given us his son, his son gave his life for us, nothing is required of us other than to receive it. What will we do with the blessings he has so generously given us? Will we be found faithful to the one who loves us so much? Can we return that love and not give it away?