M2014 s4 like an unfaithful wife 1 12-14 sermon

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  • 1. Like an Unfaithful Wife Ezekiel 16 Maud church of Christ by Jim Bradshaw Sunday Evening, Jan. 12, 2014
  • 2. "It is a graphic, vivid portrayal of Israel's idolatry under the figure of a bride, rescued from her exposure as an infant, who became the wife of her benefactor, who made her a queen and lavished upon her silks, sealskins, and every beautiful thing; who then made herself a prostitute to every man that passed by, thereby becoming even worse than Samaria and Sodom.“ (Halley’s Bible Handbook)
  • 3. The picture of Israel is so revolting in this chapter that the distinguished Jewish Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, "Forbade the chapter either to be read or translated in public.”
  • 4. Have We Lost Our Ability to Blush? Jer 6:15 NKJV Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time I punish them, They shall be cast down," says the LORD.
  • 5. A Beginning of No Hope Read Ezekiel 16:1-14 Eph 2:12-13 NKJV that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (13) But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
  • 6. Spiritual Adultery Read Ezekiel 16:15-30 1. Made Covenants with Foreign Lands; Exod. 23:31-33, Judges 2:1-3. 2. Sacrificed Children to false gods; 2 Kings 17:13-20. 3. Worshipped Idols in the high places; 1 Kings. 14:22-24. 4. Worse than a normal prostitute; 2 Chron. 16:1-10.
  • 7. What would God say about the U.S.A? Pro 14:34 NKJV Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
  • 8. Punishment Read Ezekiel 16:35-43 Ecc 12:1 NKJV Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them": Ecc 12:13-14 NKJV Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all. (14) For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil. 2Pe 3:9 NKJV The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  • 9. Read Ezekiel 16:60-63 Heb 9:15 NKJV And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Gal 3:26-29 NKJV For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.