Beware of becoming like the nations or worse than the nations

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.13.2015 Old Testament: Eze 5.5–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 4–6 on November 13, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The Lord put His people and their capital right in the middle of hostile and idolatrous nations, so that Israel should have shown those nations how to live and how to please the Creator of all nations. Instead, Israel sinned greatly against the Lord, even more than the sinful nations that surrounded Israel. Therefore, Israel and Jerusalem would suffer right in the sight of the nations,

“Thus says the Lord God: ‘This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her. She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that are all around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes.’ Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you’—therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations’” (Ezekiel 5.5–8). 

Thus the enemies of Jerusalem would see the city’s humiliation rather than its exaltation, making the punishment worse. It all comes down to whether they obeyed the Lord or not, and it is the same for us. Will we obey the Lord or become like the world?

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