Focus Verse: “‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his. (15)
An ugly, disappointing chapter to read. Ezekiel describes Jerusalem as an adulterous wife who has been unfaithful to her husband and neglected her children. When the people of Jerusalem were nothing and despised in the sight of all nations, God took them and made them into a great nation. He entered into a covenant with them and made them His own chosen people. He treated them as His bride, blessed them with more riches than money could buy, and caused their fame to spread far and wide.
What did the people of Jerusalem do in response to God’s gracious goodness? They trusted in their beauty instead of trusting in Him. They left Him and refused to turn back to Him. They forgot Him completely and went to serve other gods. Because of their actions, God was filled with fury against them and stripped them of all the good things He had given them. May we never be like the people of Jerusalem and forget the God Who first loved us and made us for Him.
Focus Verse: “‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, he shall die in Babylon, in the land of the king who put him on the throne, whose oath he despised and whose treaty he broke. (16)
This happened exactly as God told Ezekiel it would. Zedekiah, the last king of Israel, broke his treaty with the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, and secretly joined Egypt in an attempt to escape from exile. His attempt failed. He died in Babylon.
2 Timothy 2
Focus Verse: If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (13)
One of my favorite Bible verses – EVER! I am so thankful that when my faith in God fails, His faith in me and for me does not. His faithfulness is great and it endures forever.