Ezekiel 16 a lesson in hard dread

Ezekiel 16:4-8 NLT
On the day you were born, no one cared about you. Your umbilical cord was not cut, and you were never washed, rubbed with salt, and wrapped in cloth. [5] No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were unwanted, dumped in a field and left to die. [6] “But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’ [7] And I helped you to thrive like a plant in the field. You grew up and became a beautiful jewel. Your breasts became full, and your body hair grew, but you were still naked. [8] And when I passed by again, I saw that you were old enough for love. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, says the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.

Note how God found his wife as an abandoned infant when he rescued but left her naked until she was old enough for love. Only when he took her as a wife did he clothe her. Talk about setting a dominant frame!

Next Ezekiel describes the blessings he gave her as she pleased her husband and then how she began to think of what he had given her as hers.

Ezekiel 16:15-17 NLT
“But you thought your fame and beauty were your own. So you gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. Your beauty was theirs for the asking. [16] You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you played the prostitute. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen? [17] You took the very jewels and gold and silver ornaments I had given you and made statues of men and worshiped them.

This reads to me as, I am a strong independent woman!

Next comes the physical correction and withdrawal of blessings.

Ezekiel 16:27 NLT
That is why I struck you with my fist and reduced your boundaries.

Doesn’t sound like “real men don’t hit women” to me. Next came the humbling…

Ezekiel 16:37 NLT
this is what I am going to do. I will gather together all your allies — the lovers with whom you have sinned, both those you loved and those you hated — and I will strip you naked in front of them so they can stare at you.

Disclaimer: this hard dread is for over the top unfaithfulness but the attitudes that need correction and the approach used are things I believe can be adjusted for the severity of her rebellion. God seems to always begin correction with a rebuke and warning.

Author: old-fashioned-man

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who has been married since 1989. We had four boys then adopted siblings, a boy and girl from foster care in 2008 when my daughter was seven and my son was eight. We reside in the beautiful state of Colorado.

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