“I will make you stop playing the whore…” Ezekiel 16:41
Or put another way, “I will cease you from being a whore.”
If we look back to Ex 31:12 we read, ” ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you.’ ” This was a sign of the covenant. This was, as it were, a ring on the finger of Israel to remind them of the relationship to which they had committed. And what was the sign? The Sabbath, which really means rest or cease.
In Ezekiel 16:8 the LORD reminds His people that there was a time in the past when, “I made a vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God.” Yet the LORD’s people cheated on God by leaving Him for other religions, securities, pleasures, etc. They became what I would be if I cheated on my wife: an adulterer. Or better: an idolater. You see, an adulterer/idolater is never at rest because he never realizes or experiences satisfaction. And with the law of diminishing returns always in effect, the idolater/adulterer will never achieve satisfaction. It will always take something more or different to achieve prior stimulation or pleasure. It’s a vicious downward spiral. For it is not only a cruel cycle of seeking pleasure and not being fully pleased, seeking pleasure and not being fully pleased, seeking pleasure and not being fully pleased, but is also a plunge into experiences which need to surpass the impotent pleasure achieved previously.
Ezekiel 16:28, “You played the whore also with the Assyrians, because you were not satisfied; yes you played the whore with them, and still you were not satisfied.” Ah!
Another love! Another place! Another treasure! Another touch! Another life! Yes Lord another life! Give me more! Give me something different! Give me something else! I am not satisfied! I am never satisfied! I am a beast! I am a drooling beast! I want what You have and I will drool over it and gnaw at it and tear to pieces! Then I’ll push You aside and like a beast seek more! More me! More time! More money! More death! More death! More, You Withholding God! More You weak God! More! More! MORE! MORE! MORE!
” ‘There is no peace,’
says the LORD,
“for the wicked.’ “
“I will make you stop…”
“I will make you cease…”
“I will make you rest…”
That word in the opening verse translated “stop”, is the same term for sabbath.
God will make me faithful to the covenant. In all my desires for something different, something more, something satisfying, something secure, something predictable, something rational, something…..real, God is teaching me through Zephaniah, through His burning, consuming jealousy to trust Him in the fire of His refining work, which is producing for Him a faithful Bride.
Good Lord as my eyes well up,
I love you for calming me; for leading me; for burning me.
For the sake of Christ and all He accomplished,
Make me rest.