Gene Cunningham - September 25, 2003
God was disgusted with unfaithfulness of Samaria and Jerusalem and uses marraige analogy to shame them (Eze 23:1-4). God reviews the sins of the northern kingdom for the southern kingdom (Eze 23:5-10). Northern kingdom had allied with Assyrian and accepted their Gods. Behind every idol is a demon (1Co 10:20). Lust brings sin and death (Jam 1:13-15). 721 BC Assyria destroyed the northern kingdom. God recounts the sins of the Jerusalem (Eze 23:11-21). Articles of the tabernacle instruct about Jesus Christ: (1) alter is sacrifice (Joh 1:29); (2) laver of cleansing (Eph 5:26); (3) lamp stand were perfect provision of light (Heb 1:3); (4) table of show bread is provision of life (Psa 23:5, Joh 6:35); (5) alter of incense is a sweet aroma and perfect satisfaction to God (2Co 2:14, Eph 5:2, 1Jo 2:2); (6) veil is Christ's flesh torn in our place (7) ark of the covenant gold symbolic Deity and three kinds of sins inside (Heb 9:4); (8) mercy seat signifying the meeting place with God (Heb 4:14-16). Israel wanted to be like the rest of the nations and longed for what they saw in depictions of Babylon (Eze 23:11-16). Any illicit relationship or sin contains its own judgment. Israel desired Babylonian idols (Eze 23:17-21).
Scripture References: James 1:13-15, John 6:35, Ezekiel 23:17-21, Ezekiel 23:5-10, Psalms 23:5, Ezekiel 23:11-16, Ezekiel 23:1-4, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 4:14-16, Ephesians 5:26, Hebrews 9:4, John 1:29, John 2:2, Ezekiel 23:11-21, Ephesians 5:2
From Series: "Ezekiel - 2002"
Ezekiel's vision of God's glory effected his life.