Topic: Wrath against Sin
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Text: Ezekiel 22:13-22
Key Verse: “Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it” (Ezekiel 22:14).
Though Israel enjoyed a covenant relationship of being God’s own nation, she could be described as a grievous, prodigal nation. Despite God’s faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham, Israel often grieved the Lord and provoked Him to anger. Many times, the Israelites were “unstable as water” in their relationship with God. This has been a recurrent trend and a major object of reproach.
The Lord laments before Ezekiel in the following: “Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver” (Ezekiel 22:18). They were involved in some of the most shocking sins that could not be imagined of a nation whose God was the holy and mighty God.