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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for Nov. 21, 2012
SoVaNow.com / November 20, 2012(Ezek. 23:10) “These” (the Assyrians) “discovered” (shamelessly showed) “her nakedness:” (they found her weak spot. Do you know how they discovered her weakness, and why she could have her head turned to look at some heathenistic practice? It’s because she doesn’t know God’s Word. She had been sampling every religion that came by. Today, some people call themselves ‘Christian’, but believe in reincarnation. What they are doing is embracing demonic possession, because that’s what it is, and it’s an abomination before God.) “they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous” (made a name for herself; infamous) “among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.” Worship in the heathen temples included sexual orgies; sexual sin of every sort. Do you know what this ‘tongue’ means? What comes from the tongue? Words. They enticed her with their words, their lies, and she fell for it ‘hook, line and sinker’—just as people do today, and will still do when the antichrist comes to earth with his lying tongue in full gear. Do you know why pornography and sexual sins of every description are so prevalent today? It’s because of people’s weaknesses. They do not know God’s Word; do not care to know God’s Word and want to do their own thing. When people mess around with pornography, it gives them ideas to do what they see, and encourages rape of children, pedophilia and other immoral acts. For those who persist in fooling with it, God has a special deal for them: if they have a mind that dwells on that sort of thing, He steps out of the way and allows them get stuck in that dirty mess. Paul wrote: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (things that degrade the person.) “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful” ( Romans 1:28-31). That’s a pretty long laundry list of sins that humans are capable of committing, and they only leave the person miserable, when they could have peace and contentment in living for the Lord. But, do you know what makes it worse? “Who knowing the judgment of God,” (those claiming to be Christians) “that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them” (consent to) “that do them” (32).
(Ezek. 23:11) “And when her sister Aholibah saw this,” (Judah knew what was going on with Israel) “she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she,” (Judah was worse in her idolatry than Israel) “and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.”
Aholibah, Judah was the tribe that carried the scepter; they were the kingly tribe. They should have known better.
(Ezek. 23:12) “She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbors, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.” She traded with and practiced their false religions. Today it would be listening to every soothsayer claiming to talk to the dead and every non-Christian psychologist that comes along trying to tell people how they ought to live, most of it contrary to the way God tells us to live.
(Ezek. 23:13) “Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,” Both of these sisters were doing the same things: they were in the temples of false religions, worshipping idols; forsaking the worship of Almighty God, their true Father.
(Ezek. 23:14) “And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion,” Vermillion is a very bright, bright red. These were beautiful paintings on the wall. Just because something is beautiful doesn’t mean that it is good.
(Ezek. 23:15) “Girded with girdle upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:” How rich and luxurious are their temples! All these things are designed to lure people into their false religions.
(Ezek. 23:16) “And as soon as she” (Aholibah) “saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them in Chaldea.” She made the move to let it be known that she wanted them.’
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