Ezekiel 16: A Serious Relationship
Ezekiel 16 takes us through the entire history of the people of Israel. They began as wanderers in the land, but God was with them, and they became a great kingdom. However, as soon as it became that great kingdom, they began losing their faithfulness. They are beginning to deviate and wander away from God who had brought them to the point where they were.
Eze 16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD.
Eze 16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.
It is important to remember that this is not God changing His covenant. The relationship had been the same from the beginning. He would be their God, and that they would be His people. However, we have a case here where the people have rejected Him and have decided to chase after other pursuits.
I didn’t want to copy the entire chapter, but the language here is related to marital infidelity. This is a serious charge that is being laid on the people of Israel. They had a commitment as strong as any other commitment on earth, and they were violating that. It was not simply like choosing a different item off of a restaurant menu. Those are all equivalent choices. It doesn’t really matter which one you decide. In the case of choosing God or not choosing God, it is obvious that it is not considered to be that type of decision.
This is a decision that has a right answer. It is kind of like being faithful to your spouse. There technically is a decision to be made there and there are two choices, but there also is a right decision that ought to be made every time. That is exactly what the people of Israel should have understood with God. They were in a relationship, and even though they could drift away from him, there was a right decision to be made based upon the relationship that was in place.
I think that we need to consider this kind of thing as Christians as well. We have made a commitment to be in a relationship with God. We should take that just as seriously as the nation of Israel was called to be in a relationship with God.