“Thus I will establish My Covenant with you and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel 16:62 (NASB)
Grabbed by the locks of his hair, Ezekiel was taken up in a vision and brought to the seat of the idol of jealousy just outside the north altar gate of the Temple in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8:3). It was from there the Lord showed Ezekiel how Israel’s idols provoked Him to jealousy for Israel. As Ezekiel passed through the entrance of the gate, he noticed carvings of the animals the Israelites worshipped. He smelled the burning incense in the Temple and heard the men proclaiming God turned His back on them. He heard the women weeping for the god of Tammuz. He spied the men prostrating themselves in honor of the sun (Ezekiel 8:10-16). Because of all this and more, God kept his Presence far from the Temple. The idolatry kindled God’s jealousy and He sent messages through Ezekiel that He would destroy their idols and the Temple. His purpose was clear: “… you shall know that I am the Lord.”
God recounted to Ezekiel how He made Israel His bride and He was her Husband. How he adorned her with jewelry and made her beautiful. When she became prideful she went after other lovers. He reminisced how Jehovah perused His bride and set His mind to destroy her lovers. He disciplined her with redemption in mind: “… you shall know that I am the Lord.”
Jehovah told of how He would destroy the city of Jerusalem and judge the inhabitants by what they had done. Each one would suffer for their sin. Nothing could stay the hand of judgment that was looming over them. The army was marching towards Israel and the famine was fierce inside the city walls. His goal was clear: “… you shall know that I am the Lord.”
Have you ever been jealous of someone? Felt that raw emotion of being tossed aside for someone new and exciting? Felt the sting of someone being selected for a position you thought you would be selected for? It is hurtful and makes one angry; being jealous of someone is a very human emotion but God is not jealous of anyone. He is only jealous for someone.
Have you let anything or anyone take the place of the Lord God in your life? Are you looking to man to provide instead of your Provider? Perhaps your career? Perhaps the prestige of a beautiful home in a beautiful neighborhood with a beautiful car parked out front have become the adornment in your life rather than the beauty of your spirit and your relationship with the Lord? Are you dwelling on something that is worthless in light of God’s provision for you? Are you trusting in anything that causes you to break the heart of God and incite Him to jealousy? God, through Jesus Christ, made a New Covenant to bring us to Himself. God is jealous for you and He will do whatever it takes to remind you that He is Lord.
By Karen Aker