February 11: The Nations

God always uses the nations to discipline Israel.  But then He punishes the nations for their vicious violence.  But in the midst of God’s discipline of Israel we need remember it was for the purpose of her repentance.

Ezekiel 16:35-43

 ‘Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them,  surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.  And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy.  I will also give you into their hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places. They shall also strip you of your clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you naked and bare.

 “They shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones and thrust you through with their swords.  They shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women; and I will make you cease playing the harlot, and you shall no longer hire lovers.  

So I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. I will be quiet, and be angry no more. Because you did not remember the days of your youth, but agitated Me with all these things, surely I will also recompense your deeds on your own head,” says the Lord God. “And you shall not commit lewdness in addition to all your abominations.

PRAY FOR YOUR NATION TO RECOGNIZE GOD’S LOVE FOR ISRAEL.

[Digital recreation of the Tabernacle.]

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