Big idea: God blesses you with every possible blessing under heaven, but you use and abuse his blessing for yourself like a brazen prostitute!

"But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore..." (Eze 16:15, ESV).

In Ezekiel 16 God addresses the (false) assumption among God's people that that they are good and better than others, and therefore should not be judged or critiqued.

Question: 

  • What are some (false) assumptions that you might have about yourself or your church?
  • Are there any assumptions (about yourself or your church), which you cannot bear to hear, and adamantly refuse to hear?

Big idea: Why God's terrible judgment happens and God's glory departs: Bad Bible teachers/leaders (ch.13) and idolatry of the heart (ch.14, 8) which leads to delusion, self-deception and leading many astray.

"Your prophets, Israel, are like jackels among ruins" (Eze 13:4). "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?" (Eze 14:3)

Questions:

Key Question: Why God leaves his people (ch. 10-11): Because of their idolatry (ch. 8) and so that they may be destroyed (ch. 9). What kind of God leaves his people so that they will be ruthlessly slaughtered by their enemies? [Last week was a horrifying message of God's judgment (Ezekiel 4-7).]

"Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them" (Eze 8:18). "So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done" (Eze 9:10).