Ezekiel 23:4 We Ought to Know Better

Ezekiel 23:4 (KJV)
And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Though sometimes parables and prophecies are difficult to interpret, this one is plain enough. The capitals of the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom were Samaria and Jerusalem.

  • God said that they were sisters
  • God said they had the same mother, origin
  • God said that they were both His

We’d like to claim that those who depart from us, proving that they were not of us, are neither of God. It would be untrue.

This does not mean that they are right to depart. Samaria, and the Israel she represented, was wrong. Wrong in leaving the royal family from which Jesus would come. Wrong in creating their own place and system of worship. Wrong in the leaders they had. They were wrong in the alliances they made.

Neither does it mean they would not be judged. God chastens His own. They were wrong, but they were His.

I think we should be more concerned with Jerusalem. Though she remained faithful to the seed God promised would bring forth the Saviour, it’s evident that their flesh was the same, and God says, worse than their sister.

The truth is that we can stay where we are supposed to b,e but remove our hearts farther from God than the others. It’s worse because we ought to know better.

Rather than judging the departed, we need to guard our hearts to maintain a right walk with the Lord.

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Ezekiel 23:4 We Ought to Know Better

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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