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"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you have
forgotten me and thrust me behind your back, you must bear the
consequences of your lewdness and prostitution." 36 The LORD said to me: "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront them with their detestable practices 37
for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They
committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their
children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. 38 They have also done this to me: At that same time they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my Sabbaths. 39
On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they
entered my sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in my
uses the shocking and graphic metaphors of adultery and prostitution
to describe the behavior of Samaria (the northern tribes of Israel) and
Judah (the southern tribes). Even when they entered the Temple to
"worship" God, they were perverting it through syncretism and the full
embrace of pagan worship, child sacrifice, sexual ritual, and idolatry.
They acted as though God was just one of many gods and that the holy
temple was just one of many religious sites.
Response and Action:
calls his people to be faithful to him. No amount of going to church,
saying religious words, singing worship songs, or making claims of
belief can make up for unfaithfulness. I need to be faithful to God and
be on guard against duplicity. I must guard against confusing the
worship of God with self-centered and self-serving forms of religiosity.
I must not allow myself to be comfortable with disconnects between my
behavior and my belief—saying one thing but doing another. I cannot
claim to follow God while going my own way and chasing after other
things. God will not settle for being part of my life, he demands all
O God, help me to love
you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Help me to honor you
and to allow nothing else to rival my reverence and faithfulness to
you. Save me from hypocrisy and duplicity. Give me a single-minded
allegiance to you. Forgive me for my sins and failures, and save me
by your grace. Lift me up, show me your ways, and give me the wisdom
and the will to walk in them. Give me a mind that is quick to obey and
a heart that delights in you. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 2 Corinthians 6:15-17
15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we
are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with
them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my
people." 17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
by Frank Viola and George Barna