Topic: A Judgment On The Two Sisters
Read the previous devotional here Scripture Union Today 28 September 2021 – Consequences of Forgetting God!
Opening Prayer: Grant me grace dear Lord to apply what you will teach me today as I read this passage.
Scripture: Ezekiel 23:36-49
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
Our passage today deals concurrently with both sisters, Oholah and Oholibah. Ezekiel comments on the similarities of their sins and their punishment. In v.37, the first sin, adultery, refers to idolatry and the second one refers to child sacrifice. V.48 is a warning against adultery in general. God’s people were coming into the Lord’s holy sanctuary under the pretence of worship only to desecrate it (vs.38-39). Can you imagine people coming into the Temple of the Lord straight from an idol shrine after making sacrifices with infants’ blood, dancing and singing as if nothing has happened! The people also committed all sorts of cultism with foreigners (vs.40-41), using those items meant for the worship of the Living God. The people of God and their foreign guests partied for as long as they wanted (vs.42-45) in sexual orgies. But see what happened to them at the end (vs.46-47). It does not matter how long it takes, the judgment of God is coming upon a world given to pleasures and which has forgotten God (vs.48-49).
• So then? What is your own response to God’s instructions in the Scripture?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Our loving and merciful God, help me to turn away from sin, whether ‘big’ or ‘small’, so I may avoid your fierce anger.
• Ask God to help you know His will, walk in it and be an example to believers and unbelievers
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalm 91:1-2; Ezek. 22-23; John 13:1-20
Scripture Union Today 29 September 2021. Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God