GOD AS HUSBAND, 25.01.19
Ezekiel, chapter 16
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.Eph.5:27
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
Eric Ludy – “He Is” (Names of God), https://youtu.be/NscHCa395-M
“Names of God,” free.messianicbible.com, https://youtu.be/T5-6gwssX0Y
God is many things to each of us, for He is our everything. Because God is in all things and is in fact ALL things in, and unto, Himself, there are many names which represent the different attributes of God (https://youtu.be/NscHCa395-M , https://youtu.be/T5-6gwssX0Y). In today’s Study we will take up with a particular aspect of who God is, and Who He wants to be in relation to His people.
Has it ever occurred to you that God wants to be your husband? God desires the adoration and faithfulness of His people, just as each spouse longs for such within their marriage relationship.
In the Book of Hosea, we see the comparison of an unfaithful wife to the unfaithfulness of God’s people, Israel, to Him: “the land is an unfaithful prostitute, far from following after Adonai” (Hos.1:2). God is heartbroken when His people are unfaithful to Him.
After a bout of unfaithfulness, provoking anger and rage, and a broken heart, God declared to Israel: “You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her), and your land Beulah (married); For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you” (Isa.62:4,5). What a paradox! Imagine, not only forgiving, but delighting in them, after having been so offended. God is faithful when His people have been unfaithful. What more would one need in order to trust?
We see an aspect of God’s heart, for He wants nothing more than for Israel to return to Him in faithfulness, because even after He spends considerable time admonishing and threatening, (Hos.2:2-13), telling her to “put away her fornications from her face and her adulteries” (v.4), and threatens to remove all His blessings which He had bestowed upon her, “I will punish her for the days of the Baalim to whom she would burn incense—adorning herself with her rings and jewelry, going after her lovers—but Me she forgot,”(Hos.2:15), He ultimately intends to reclaim her: “So then, I Myself will entice her, I will bring her into the wilderness and speak to her heart” (Hos.2:16), and bring her back to Himself.
As angry as He had been, He then offers blessings if she will only return to Him: “I will give her back her vineyards from there and make the valley of Achor a door of hope. She will respond there as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of the land of Egypt” (Hos.2:17). This is the God we serve. He wants us even when we have turned our backs on Him, and wandered off chasing our own dreams and idols . . . . He never gives up on His own.
16 “And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
“That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’
19 “I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And you shall know the Lord.
He will do likewise with all those who are His, backsliders who have strayed from Him. If they will just come back and make themselves right with Him. He wants nothing more than that close, intimate, spousal relationship. He yearns for His people to want Him just as He wants them (us).
Hear his heart cry in: “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you” (Jer.3:14); receive this incredible offer: “And it shall be, in that day,” Says the Lord, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ . . . . “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord” (Hos.2:16,19,20, NKJV). “For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name” (Isa.54:5).
When for a time Israel would have a Godly King and be faithful for a season, they would receive God’s blessings. Then they would be led by an evil King, and wander away from Him. Throughout these times of rebellion, stubbornness, and unfaithfulness, God was heartsick, enraged; He would threaten, and punish: “Therefore, harlot, hear the word of Adonai!” Thus says Adonai Elohim: “Because your filth was poured out and your nakedness exposed through your harlotry with your lovers, because of all the idols of your abominations, and because of the blood of your children that you gave to them . . . I will expose your nakedness to them, so they may all see your nakedness. . . . I will judge you, as women who commit adultery . . . . Then I will bring on you the blood of fury and jealousy . . . strip you of your clothes . . . leave you naked and bare . . . . I will cause you to stop your harlotry” (Ezek.16:35-42), then reconciled, after how they had grieved Him. Ezekiel chapter 16 gives an amazing account of a God who cares for a people in spite of their wayward ways, unfaithfulness, and adultery. For our purposes here, I can only include a brief few passages, but I encourage readers to read all of chapter 16 of Ezekiel. “Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth. Moreover, I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed . . . . So I will establish My covenant with you, and you will know that I am Adonai. So you will remember, be ashamed and never open your mouth again because of your disgrace, when I have forgiven you of all that you have done.” It is a declaration of Adonai”” (Ezek.16:60-62). What a picture of God’s forgiveness, and how He never gives up on His people.
The principle of God’s faithfulness and His desire to be a Husband to His people, apply not only to Israel, but to all God’s people who have been grafted in. Paul affirms “that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God” (Rom.7:4); “For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy. For I betrothed you to one husband, to present you to Messiah as a pure virgin” (2 Cor.11:2). And we know that Yeshua is returning “For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready, She was given fine linen to wear, bright and clean!” (Rev.19:7,8). Let us accept His generous offer, and make ourselves ready by behaving in accordance with such a privileged position as to be sought out as His wife/bride, “not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph.5:27). What a privilege we have in even being considered for such a prized position!
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