The Epoch News – Ezekiel 23



Holy Bible, New Living Translation:

Ezekiel 23:
37 They have committed both adultery and murder—adultery by worshiping idols and murder by burning as sacrifices the children they bore to me. 38 Furthermore, they have defiled my Temple and violated my Sabbath day! 39 On the very day that they sacrificed their children to their idols, they boldly came into my Temple to worship! They came in and defiled my house.

45 But righteous people will judge these sister cities for what they really are—adulterers and murderers.

48 In this way, I will put an end to lewdness and idolatry in the land, and my judgment will be a warning to others not to follow your wicked example. 49 You will be fully repaid for all your prostitution—your worship of idols. Yes, you will suffer the full penalty. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”

Modern-day paraphrase:

Ezekiel 23:
37 They have committed both adultery and murder—adultery by worshiping idols and immoral ideals other than God, and murder by aborting as sacrifices the children they were meant to bless Me for. 38 Furthermore, they have defiled my Church and violated My Holy (the Sabbath) day! 39 On the very day (the Sabbath) that they aborted their children in the name of their own health and their celebrity idols and ideals, they boldly came into my Church to worship! They came in and defiled My house.
45 But righteous people will judge these nations for what they really are—adulterers and murderers.

48 In this way, I will put an end to lewdness and idolatry in the land, and My judgment will be a warning to others not to follow their wicked example. 49 They will be fully repaid for all of their prostitution—their worship of idols and immoral ideals. Yes, they will suffer the full penalty. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”


*Pastor’s note: The newspaper is not real. I created it for this message as an illustration of the verses from Ezekiel.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 47+ years and a young yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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