Today Ezekiel compares Samaria, the capital of Northern Israel, and Jerusalem, the capital of Southern Judah, to 2 sisters; Oholah for Samaria and Oholibah for Jerusalem. Both of these sisters were the Lord’s but both played the harlot with others.
The Lord says, “They committed harlotry in Egypt, they committed harlotry in their youth.” Remember before Joshua died he told the people, “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!” And all the people said they were going to do that. But they didn’t bc when the generation after Joshua died, the people stopped following the Lord. Well, God has been on a constant pursuit to get them to turn back to Him and He is still working His plan to redeem His people.
Ezekiel says that Samaria played the harlot with the Assyrians. “Therefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, for whom she lusted.”
Her sister, Jerusalem, saw this go down but still didn’t repent and turn to the Lord. “Now although her sister Oholibah saw this, she became more corrupt in her lust than she, and in her harlotry more corrupt than her sister’s harlotry.” So the Lord removed His protection from Jerusalem and is turning them over to their lover, the Babylonians. “Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, therefore you shall bear the penalty of your lewdness and your harlotry.”
“Now it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign…that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and encamped against it; and they built a siege wall against it all around. So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.”
Tomorrow Ezekiel’s wife dies. 😢 Keep reading to find out why the Lord tells him not to mourn her death.
(Ezekiel 22:17-23:49, 2 Kings 25:1-2, Jeremiah 52:4-5, Jeremiah 39:1, Ezekiel 24:1-14)