Ezekiel 16

Ezekiel 16:1-63

SUMMARYUnfaithful bride

OVERVIEWGod compares Israel to an unfaithful bride. He describes her as a youth, her season as a prostitute, and her discipline and judgment as an adult. In the end, God’s faithfulness endures, and he provides for her.

BIG IDEAGod remains faithful even when we are faithless.

KEY VERSEEzekiel 16:59 (God to Jerusalem)
Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “I will give you what you deserve, for you have taken your solemn vows lightly by breaking your covenant.”

I want you to humble yourself and follow me because I know what is best for you. I have always provided for you and given you what you could have never attained on your own. When others reject or ignore you, I breathe life into you. When you are forgotten or abused, I faithfully lift you and stand by your side. But when you take what I’ve given you and use it to promote yourself, I have to take action.

I made a promise to you and other Jesus followers that I will always uphold. You can expect that I will be there for you and supply your needs. I want the same from you. I am not asking for you to attempt perfection. I want your obedience, your faithfulness, and your determination to follow me, regardless of the cost. Walk with me every day of the year, and let me give you more than you could have ever imagined.

Set aside the false idols in your life—anything that controls your heart, mind, or time—and commit to God. Choose one thing to say “no” to today, and replace it with a healthy action instead.