“Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, 21 that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire? 22 And in all your abominations and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood.
23 “Then it was so, after all your wickedness—‘Woe, woe to you!’ says the Lord GOD— 24 that you also built for yourself a shrine, and made a high place for yourself in every street. 25 You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry. 26 You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger.
27 “Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior. 28 You also played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. 29 Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader, Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied.
30 “How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord GOD, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot.
“You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. 32 You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. 33 Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry. 34 You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given you, therefore you are the opposite.”
‘Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD! 36 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them, 37 surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness. 38 And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy. 39 I will also give you into their hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places. They shall also strip you of your clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you naked and bare.
40 “They shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones and thrust you through with their swords. 41 They shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women; and I will make you cease playing the harlot, and you shall no longer hire lovers. 42 So I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. I will be quiet, and be angry no more.
Loving the Lord in return for his love and then turning away from him to other interests is described as a form of prostitution, but different. Different in that the one turning away is paying the others for what the Lord gave freely. No wonder proverbs calls it foolishness. To do this to one who can destroy not only your body but your very soul is foolish indeed. Jesus said:
“…Matthew 10:28 – And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell….”
The nature of God includes wrath. It is seen towards those who disrespect him with their self-importance. Not only this but they included others in their actions, the innocent, the children.
“…you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured….”
Brings to mind our present day abortion issue. We continue to flaunt self-worth at the expense of others, self-interest at the expense of the unborn child and also our children born to us; through neglect and abuse we demonstrate thinking only about ourselves. Abortions are common and child abuse abounds. Are we calling down the wrath of God today as Israel did in Ezekiel’s days?
“…I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. …” and
“…you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?…”
Has God changed? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. What to do? Be active in opposition to the killing of the unborn? Be active in opposition to the neglect and abuse of children?Counter with the teaching and message of the love of God and God’s blessings on the lives of those who follow him? We need to hear the voice of God, in the anguish of the abused, neglected and aborted. We need to obey his voice and be found faithful to him, not prostituting our allegiance to others or ourselves.
Worth taking the time to read.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month at http://jenblizzard.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-is-national-child-abuse.html
Pretend I’m a Tree and save Me: http://loveundefiled.blogspot.com/2010/08/pretend-im-tree-and-save-me.html#!/2010/08/pretend-im-tree-and-save-me.html
Planned Parenthood and Gender Based Abortions http://biltrix.com/2012/05/30/planned-parenthood-and-gender-based-abortions/