Israel Trusted in Its Beauty…Just Like Satan

In Ezekiel 16, God says that Israel trusted in its beauty. Israel took everything God had given it that made it beautiful and gave it away to run after the idols of all the nations around it. Israel was caught up in its beauty, its form, its outward appearance instead of its purpose, its function, its reason for being that God had given it.

Interestingly, this is exactly the sin of Satan in Ezekiel 28:17, “Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.”

Because of all the ways Israel had lusted after the nations and committed adultery with their idols and not remembered what God did for them when he brought them out of Egypt, God said in Ezekiel 16:43 that, “I have returned your deeds upon your head.” Later in verse 59, God says, “I will deal with you as you have done.”

“I will deal with you as you have done.” God allows us to experience the acts that we have committed. Rather than God doing it to us, it’s us doing it to ourselves. Throughout scripture, the evil and wicked person is caught in their own snare, falls into the pit that they dug, and are struck on their own skull by their own violence. You reap what you sow. What’s really scary about that is you always reap more than what you sow. If you sow one grain of corn, then you will reap an entire ear.

Thankfully, God provides a way out of this. Repent of everything we have done and planned to do. Trust in Jesus. He will save us from reaping what we have sown. All so that (here it is again) “you shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 16:62)

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