Marriage and God‘s orders – Part II
Genesis 3 tells us about the greatest tragedy of mankind‘s history and of its consequences, under which we are increasingly suffering. Man allows himself to be made distrustful of God. He makes his life dependent on other powers and possibilities, and distances himself from God. But distrust makes genuine relationship impossible, for genuine relationship can be lived only on the basis of trust. Mistrust breaks relationship.
As we have often emphasized, God is a God of relationship and created man in His image also as a creature of relationship. So, if a person lives in a broken or unwhole relationship, he is ill, deathly ill. His being is broken and unprotected. This is what the devil wanted from the beginning: to bring a person to break the relationship which alone gave him protection, security and wholeness. For the devil knew that this would mean death for mankind. A person dies in unwhole, broken relationships. By stepping out of this relationship to God, man lost not only the protection, but also the understanding of God‘s reality. Since the Fall, man no longer knows who God is. Because he has lost his reference to God, he doesn’t know who he himself is either. The reaction to the loss of identity is fear, because anyone who does not know God is unprotected from the powers which destroy life.
Loss of relationship = loss of identity
God‘s reality was lost to Adam and Eve when they turned away from Him. Whoever loses his reference to God‘s reality, loses it to his own reality as well. He is robbed of everything which makes him up. That is why it says, “…and they recognized that they were naked” (Gen.3:7).
The nakedness spoken of here is the loss of one‘s own identity, the self-awareness which can grow only from an awareness of God. Poverty, darkness and inferiority became man‘s reality.
The loss of value leads to the reaction that I cannot share myself as I am. I am ashamed of myself because I realize that I am naked and exposed. I cannot stand up for myself.
A battle begins
Since the Fall, the relationship between man and woman has been marked by accusation, assigning guilt, mistrust, suspicion, feeling threatened by the differentness of other people to whom one is exposed without protection; a battle for one‘s own value and self-awareness, a battle for one‘s own place, for the confirmation of one‘s own existence which is demanded from others.
Distance from God led to distance and estrangement between man and woman. In this distance from God all relationships between man and woman are open or unconsciously marked by a greed for life, because God as the direct source of life is no longer accessible.
Therefore we should not be surprised that marriage without God‘s reality is a place of exploitation, degradation, oppression, mistrust, accusation and battle. In brief: It is hell, where both the man and the woman suffer.
Partnership as solution?
Partnership is a term which men, and especially women, like to use because in the battle for one‘s place, each one understandably tries to determine limits and safeguards for himself. A democratic understanding is the basis for partnership.
Partners become partners because they have the same needs and interests and therefore agree to the same rights and duties. When the interests separate again, every partnership also ends. Partnership has nothing to do with relationship, adjustment, or submission.
In a partnership each one starts from his own needs. The goal is self-realization and self-determination, of course when possible under fair and just conditions. Partnership cannot get along without a certain amount of mutual control in order to assure that the partner is not cheating or taking advantage of me. These vibrations generally exist in every partner relationship. So the most intimate relationship remains a battle-ground because one cannot completely let go or open up to the other unreservedly.
In every battle there is a winner and a loser. And because each one is fighting for his life, both lose it, even the apparent winner. “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 21:15). This is how God has regulated His Kingdom. He wants trust, not control; dedication and not self-realization.
A New Order
In spite of all that, God has not given up his goal for marriage! But because the pre-conditions for marriage have changed, God has also adjusted the marriage order to those realities. The regulations in Ephesians 5 require from both man and woman a dedication which includes their lives, in order to attain God‘s goals. These regulations provide the only possible protection for the growth of God‘s Kingdom in marriage.
God‘s commission to the man
For God, there is no difference in value between man and woman. It is written, “There is neither … male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). But God has distributed the tasks in a new way. He commissioned the man to bear responsibility for his wife and also for his descendants, to provide a place where they can experience the God of life. Making marriage fruitful will cost the man everything, as described in Ephesians 5.
The man should carry out his commission not by taking and ruling, not by exploiting and using, but rather by giving himself. The man be concerned about the needs and fears, and the often hard-to-understand realities of a woman‘s life. Not only the woman is man‘s helper, but the man should also help his wife unfold her life.
This does not mean simply taking over some of the housework, so that the woman as well as the man can seek self-realization. (Help with the housework can also be necessary…) It is far more costly for the man, for example, to help his wife think through mutual questions about the children‘s up-bringing; determining family values, thinking about the children. He is challenged about relationships with the neighbours, structuring the household… The man must invest time and energy to understand, value and encourage a woman‘s thinking and feeling, her world, interests, plans and desires.
This will cost the man more than the sweat of his brow, especially if his wife turns out to be difficult, or when inherited and acquired modes of behaviour turn out to be unpleasant. When narrowness, helplessness, extravagance, basic inabilities or deep, covered wounds become visible, this is when we men have a tendency to distance ourselves. This is when God says to us, “Husband, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church…“.
Dedication to his wife
The dedication and love which God demands from the husband toward his wife is not rooted in feelings, as important as it is for the husband to completely develop his feelings. The love demanded of the husband is rooted in the decision he made before God and other people towards his wife. God wants us men to hold fast with our whole being to the Yes we gave. This is a question of obedience and of the fear of God, as it is said of Jesus, “He was obedient to death” (Phil.2:8).
And it says that the husband should love his wife as Christ loves the church. God wants us to be concerned about everything which threatens the life of our wife and children, whether from within (needs, sins, wounds) or from without (conflicts and threats in society and the larger family). He wants us to bear tensions and work through conflicts, looking for God-pleasing solutions, answers and basic help. If we are incapable of this ourselves, it is still our responsibility to see that help comes. Only when we recognize this responsibility, when we decisively stand by our word, when we do not withdraw from our wives over tensions, but rather seek to clarify, defend and bring order, will we experience that God also stands by us men. Then He will lead us into a true authority which makes it easy for the woman to entrust herself to us.
God‘s commission to the wife
For the man it is explicitly a matter of obedience to God. It is a matter of the fear of God, of integrity and reliability, of the dedication of his life, so that living space is created for his wife and children.
The challenge for the wife lies in trusting, in humility, and in renouncing her weapons and her possibilities to create life for herself. One of the woman‘s most effective weapons is manipulation, i.e. the ability to make someone subservient to her desires and goals by circumventing his own will.
“Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Eph.5:24). This is first of all a challenge to pride. And it is understandable that everything in the woman rears up against this, for at first this seems to put her in an inferior position.
In many religions and unfortunately in Christianity‘s history as well, this was and often still is understood to mean that God prefers the man to the woman. However, this is not the Biblical testimony, either in the Old nor in the New Testament. Just as God has his woman prophets and judges in the Old Testament, Jesus in the New Testament honors the woman like the man. From God‘s standpoint, the woman‘s submission can in no way mean putting her down. It is much rather a matter of the place God assigns her, which corresponds to her being and where she can most optimally experience God‘s reality in her life. It is an order which should offer protection and development.
Respect for the man
An attitude of respect and trust is expected of the woman. She should expect responsibility and decision from the man and let him go ahead on life‘s narrow path. She should place herself totally under his protection and name, completely standing by him. Submitting also means completely affirming that woman‘s place is different from man‘s. This affirms the fact that God explicitly and exclusively assigned both man and woman to the place where He will give fullness of life and riches.
For the woman also this attitude is primarily a question of obedience, not to the man, but to her God. She will not be able to submit and take her place with her own power. Only when she knows God and trusts Him as a God who is wholly for her, who is her father, who is able in all circumstances to create life, dignity, justice and protection for her – only then can she also submit to her husband. Then she also creates space for her husband to take his place and his responsibility, and to develop his authority.
A place where life can unfold
It is not always easy for the wife to respect her husband and allow him to lead, especially when she knows better. Sooner or later it will become clear that he is neither a Hercules nor an Einstein nor a Billy Graham, but rather much more common and unassuming. Lacks, ignorance and inability reveal themselves. The wife discovers that her husband can not express himself well, that he gets no good ideas, that it is hard for him to make decisions and that he is just not up to it. Now it is anything but easy, with all his weaknesses, to accept his authority, to respect him, to encourage him to take his place. No matter how incapable the man appears, it is not for the woman to take over his responsibility. God assigned her a different place, as the man‘s helper. There she will be blessed.
Many women refuse to respect their husbands, thus hindering their development as men. At the same time they are surprised that they are unprotected and they notice that their children lack a true father. It lies to a large extent in the woman‘s hands whether men grow into authorities or not. In the same way, it is in the men‘s hands whether their wives become creative and fruitful.
Marcel is the director of “Community of Reconciliation” (COR), which he founded in 1988. He came to Israel in 1994 with his wife Regula and their four now grown children. Marcel serves as an elder in a messianic congregation in Jerusalem. He is involved with other leaders in Jerusalem and nationwide, facilitating fellowship, unity and cooperative efforts to advance God’s purposes for the messianic body in Jerusalem and in Israel.
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What being a father has taught me about God
This is the first of what will be, Lord willing, an ongoing series of blog posts here at KNI about what being a father has taught me about God and His relationship with humanity.
A few years ago I became a father for the first time.
It was quite a shock. I never saw myself as the type of person who would have children and if someone had told me back then that I would not only have children but that I’d enjoy them more than almost anything else I ever did in my life I would not have believed them.
Additionally, my wife and I were both in our mid-30s when we got married and I’d been told by a friend of mine who is a physician that my wife’s age made it medically unlikely that we would have children. But by God’s grace she beat the medical odds not once, but twice, and my two sons are blessing my life in ways that I never even knew I needed to be blessed.
One way that God has used my children to bless me is by, through them, teaching me things about His own relationship with humanity, that is, His own children.
One of the first lessons I got along these lines was why God hates sin.
Many people, particularly if they didn’t have a father-figure in their life or if they had a difficult relationship with the father-figure they had, probably think of God as a harsh taskmaster who hates sin because committing sins is fun and He doesn’t like it when people have fun.
This view of God, which has been endlessly promoted by popular culture, is probably one of the reasons so many young people in today’s world define themselves as atheists. They don’t want to worship, or even acknowledge, a God like that.
But having children taught me a different answer to the question of why God hates sin.
It happened one day when I was walking my son to school, which was on the same street as the office where his mother and I both work. He had his little hands clasped in ours, but all of a sudden, he dropped our hands and started running, as little boys do sometimes. He ran down the sidewalk as his mother and I told him to stop and come back, with more and more urgency as he looked back with an impish little smile and kept running (this and similar incidents also expunged whatever doubts I had had up to that point about “original sin” that we’re born into) until finally he reached the end of the sidewalk and dashed out into the street where…
…he almost got hit by a car.
I was FURIOUS with him!
But even as I scooped him up in my arms as he giggled and made every appearance of having no idea how close he had just come to eternity, part of my brain was registering the fact that I was only about 5% angry at him for flagrantly disobeying me while the other 95% of why I was angry at him was because he had put himself in a dangerous situation.
From this, I learned that God hates sin for two reasons, one is that when His children (you and me) sin, we’re rebelling against His authority. This is a serious matter, but I don’t think it’s the main reason He hates it when we sin.
I believe He hates sin far more because when we sin, we’re damaging our own lives. God, our Heavenly Father, wants only good things for our lives, but when we sin, we cause bad things to happen for our lives, and He hates it when we do that.
As fathers, both to our own biological children and to any spiritual children God blesses us with the opportunity to mentor, we must impart this simple truth. God loves His children, and wants only good things for them. If he calls something sin, it’s not because He knows how much we’ll enjoy it and He doesn’t want us to receive that enjoyment, it’s because He knows how much it will hurt us and He doesn’t want us to receive that pain.
Aaron is a member of Jerusalem Assembly, House of Redemption.
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What does the Hebrew word “goyim” mean?
The Hebrew word goyim is the word that the Jewish people use in Hebrew to refer to non-Jews.
Goyim is not and should not be taken as an insult – it simply is the plural of the word goy, which mean a nation.
YHVH even calls Israel a goy in Exodus 19:6: you shall be to me a Kingdom of priests, a goy kadosh (a holy nation).
I believe that when YHVH looks down at the earth from heaven, He only sees 2 groups of people – Israel and the goyim.
The God of Israel only relates to Israel – the part of Israel that is in a blood covenant relationship with Him.
Hallelu-YAH (praise YHVH) for the blood of His Son Yeshua.
By that precious blood that was poured out on Calvary 2000 years ago, we can all have that covenant relationship with the God of Israel.
Jews and Goyim alike – the broken off Jews can be regrafted back into their own olive tree (Romans 11:17).
And those who are not born Jewish can be grafted in amongst the natural branches.
No longer aliens and foreigners from the goyim (nations), but fellow citizens with those of YHVH’s own household – Israel (Eph 2:11 – 19).
This article originally appeared on Out of Zion, November 8, 2016, and reposted with permission.
David together with his wife, Josie, founded Out of Zion Ministries, whose mission is to fulfill God’s call on Israel as His ‘Chosen Nation’ to be a light to the Nations as well as to encourage the Church to fulfill God’s call to the Gentiles to assist in the spiritual ingathering of the Jewish people.
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Don’t Step On My Blue Suede Shoes
Several years ago Elvis Presley belted out this song:
It’s one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
And go cat go.
But don’t you step on my blue suede shoes
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.
Did you know everybody’s has at least one pair of emotional “blue suede shoes”? You’ll know when someone is stepping on them, because you’ll usually over react. These are your emotional trigger points. They get set off when a painful memory or an unmet need is touched upon through an experience. They are highly subjective. Research tells us that except for universal stressors like war or natural disaster, it is our perception of an experience that determines our mood, feelings and therefore our responses. Even Elvis knew that:
Well, you can knock me down
Step in my face
Slander my name
All over the place
Do anything that you want to do
But uh-uh, honey
Lay off of my shoes
Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes
Well, you can do anything
But stay off of my blue suede shoes
Knocked down! Slandered! Stepped on! None of these things bothered him. They weren’t his sensitivity points. This means that what can deeply affect you may not touch another person at all. It may not bother you when a close friend receives an invitation to a wedding and you do not, even though you both know the bride approximately the same amount of time. Someone else might experience this as a painful rejection. And why they do is often connected to a root of pain, which has never been addressed.
Let’s look at the example of Ruth and Naomi. They faced the same series of events, famine and the death of their husbands. Yet Ruth did not become bitter like her mother-in-law. She adjusted to the reality of her situation. What was Ruth’s perception? Maybe, she didn’t feel entitled to a life without sorrow? Perhaps the love of God so filled her heart that she trusted in frightful circumstance? Or is it that she didn’t perceive herself as a victim, so she was able to go forward. All this made her resilient.
Take the case of Jonathan and Saul and their relationship with David. Jonathan could have been angry because he was the heir to the throne and yet David was chosen for that role. Yet Jonathan became David’s best friend. Contrast Saul ‘s reaction as he perceived David through the lens of jealousy and control. What was he telling himself as the women sang David’s praise? Did the inner voice of rejection poison his mind? Was David ‘s success a trigger for Saul’s remembered failure as he lost the kingship through disobedience?
And most of all, Yeshua who said “Father, forgive them they know not what they do” while being nailed to a cross. (Luke23:34). Next time your feel trod on, and you’re caught in what I call ‘the vortex’, a place of replaying the same conversation over and over with an angry or hurt rush of emotion, try uncovering the lie holding you captive. What wound is pressed on? Rejection? Loss of control? Injustice?
Write on one side of a piece of paper how you perceive the situation. Ask the Lord, “Am I believing a lie about myself like “I’m unworthy” or “unlovable” Then pray and invite God’s perspective. Ask Him, “What is your truth in these circumstances?” This is life-changing prayer. It gives Yeshua a gateway to enter deeply into your mind and heart. What does Scripture say about your true identity and place of rest? As you open to restoration, forgiveness and repentance once again, Yeshua calls you ‘overcomer’, not ‘failure’.
This is an opportunity to know yourself and God better. If you understand your triggers they begin to lose power. You can identify them as your personal pitfalls and handle them with more grace as you receive healing. You can pick up your shield of faith, as did Eliezer Berkowitz in the Nazi death camps
Rabbi Eliezer Berkowitz in his book With God in Hell: Judaism in the Ghettos and Death Camp describes his experience in the Holocaust. Berkowitz realized that even the most humiliating treatment, which was itself designed to strip people of their humanity, could not determine his worth. He states that he and other observant Jews in the concentration camp determined that it was their role to guard the Imago Dei, the image of God within them. This meant if they had to get up at 4am to work, they got up at 3am to pray. If they were thrown a scrap of moldy bread, they blessed it. For Berkovitz, the Holocaust was a spiritual confrontation against pure evil. Those who followed Jewish observances, even in the camps performed a sacred service to God. By doing so, they guarded the divine image in mankind by facing unimaginable suffering and relentless degradation while keeping their faith. In the midst of it all, they had fellowship with God.
Above all remember this, the deepest part of you belongs to the Lord, and nothing can take away that belonging. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39)
This article originally appeared on Anchor of Hope Family Counseling Center, November 14, 2016, and reposted with permission.
 Berkowitz, Eliezer. (1979). With God in Hell: Judaism in the ghettos and death camps. New York, NY: Sanhedrin Press.
Dr. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Education and Fuller Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Marital and Family Counseling. She has over 10 years clinical experience. Her work experience includes Chaplaincy in the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Research Center, Bethesda Maryland, Assessment Supervisor at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C. and Employee Assistance Consultant in the Federal Government. Dr. Snyder holds dual citizenship with the United States and Israel. She became an Israeli citizen in 1983. Her vision for a Messianic Counseling Center began in the 1990’s, and is seeing fulfillment in the Anchor of Hope Counseling Center and Lay Counseling Training Program.
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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein
Hazor. Hatsor. Chatsor. חצור. No matter your preferred spelling, for over a millennium Hazor in northern Israel was one of the most powerful and important cities in The Fertile Crescent, its influence spanning pagan Canaanite times to the rule of Pekah, penultimate ruler of the doomed Northern Kingdom. Joshua is credited with having destroyed Hazor sometime during the 13th century BCE (Jos 11:11). Archaeological evidence unearthed at modern Tel Hazor supports the report in First Kings which notes that, some three hundred years after Joshua crossed the Jordan, King Solomon restored the city to its former glory (1 Ki 9:15). Roughly another 130 years passed before Israel’s last great (though evil) king, Jeroboam II, recaptured Hazor from Damascus and restored its status in the Levant as an economic and military powerhouse.
A fabled center of commerce and influence for over a thousand years, the site where daunting Hazor once stood is now a remote, windblown tel east of Highway 90 between Tiberias and Qiryat Shemona. Though it is the largest archaeological site in northern Israel one might easily miss Tel Hazor while driving north toward Lake Hula—a small, painted sign marks the turnoff—but my wife, Marcia, and I found it easily. Although this would be our first visit, I had already spent several years roaming the streets of that ancient city in my imagination.
Why such fascination with Hazor? In my novel, Faithless Heart, a fictional rendering of the biblical account of the prophet Hosea and the prostitute, Gomer, perhaps the most consequential love story ever told, Hazor’s fate—along with the fall of Iyon farther north—seals the doom of sovereign ancient Israel. “Go,” said the Lord to Hosea…
take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord. (Hos 1:2)
Gomer dishonored her husband and, like modern Israel will be, someday, she was forgiven though unworthy and supernaturally redeemed…
Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods…” So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley. (Hos 3:1-2)
Mighty but doomed Hazor, just before its fall, seemed then like the perfect time and place for Gomer’s fictional redemption to begin. I had spent countless hours there by dint of ancient texts and modern studies so I found myself nearly giddy when I finally arrived on scene in the flesh. The time had come to measure my imagination against that historic tel’s blowing dust, fallen columns and broken stones.
Situated on an access road stemming east from Highway 90, Tel Hazor is an unimposing-looking grassy mound about a quarter-mile in length running southwest to northeast. There is a greeting station above the national park’s gated entrance and friendly help. I was immediately pleased to read, upon entering the park, that the enclosed high mound did not comprise all of the original city. An expansive “lower city” once surrounded the upper plateau just as it does in my story.
I don’t know whether the Prophet Hosea ever visited Hazor but, in Faithless Heart, he arrives there for the first time after a days-long, 50-mile hike from his home in Samaria to attend his friend, Yaron’s, wedding. From the ninth chapter of Faithless Heart, this description…
In King Jehu’s time, five decades before Hosea was born, the walled city of Hazor, which lay only two-day’s southwest of Damascus, had been gutted by the king of Aram. Everyone in Samaria well knew Hazor’s grim history. It was the heaviness imposed by that history, Hosea supposed, that had caused him to panic when Yaron announced his plans to settle there. Or his fear had arisen by a stirring from God. Either way, when Hosea first beheld the city on the fifth morning of his trek, he felt foolish to have been concerned.
Hazor was an amazing place, a Samaria of sorts it was so grand, but built with war and commerce, not magnificence in mind. Lying upon successive elevated plateaus and encircled by a tall and wide stone wall, Hazor had been fortified and expanded by King Solomon himself. The rebuilt garrison there, erected only thirty years earlier, embodied an imposing, six-chambered gate; a protection built to discourage attacks from her natural enemies, Aram and Assyria.
A kind of outpost stood on the flats just beyond Hazor’s gate; a long, lumber platform paced by men at arms and flanked by bannered chariots parked in rows along its length. A market thrived on the city’s apron under this post’s protection; merchants selling cloth, spices, icons, incense, produce, jewelry and livestock.
Hosea passed inside. Upon the city’s bustling lower terrace he saw scores more of merchants’ booths, pitched tents, lean-tos and shanties that housed workers who served an adjacent granary, a crowded stable and an elaborate armory filled with grunting, muscular smiths and scores of furnaces belching smoke.
Asherah poles were everywhere. A small metal calf much like the bigger idols at Dan and Beth-el sat in the center of a square. Deep-cut rock pits channeled water beneath Hazor’s perimeter wall into common baths, public wells and countless cisterns.
Hosea climbed an inclined road to the upper terrace where, it was easy to see, lived Hazor’s more well-to-do; city officials, landed families and those who had recently prospered by trading in ore, hard goods, weapons and equipment.
Yaron and his new bride-to-be, Hosea was certain, would live in that bright clean air.
Marcia and I found still standing the massive six-chambered gate which Hosea would have walked through to enter the upper city. That grand entrance now known as the “Solomonic Gate” dates to the time of King Solomon, 10th century BCE. Nothing remains in place of its once tall adjacent towers but the huge cut stones that supported them.
We walked the grounds on a beautiful sunlit day, birds chirping, clouds drifting overhead, validating expectations and examining crumbling walls. A huge, mysterious looking crater lies north of the tel, descending perhaps a hundred feet in depth. What caused it?
Who among the untold thousands of ancient Canaanites, Israelites and Assyrians who had lived, thrived and died in that once powerful place raising families, engaging in commerce and fighting endless wars would have guessed that preeminent Hazor would someday be a blot on a map marked by a small, painted road sign, where nothing of note would have happened for nearly three thousand years?
What is the lesson learned? In Israel in 753 BCE, early in Hosea’s ministry, Jeroboam II died after rebuilding Hazor and flourishing as king for 41 years. The Northern Kingdom seemed as strong and secure as ever then (though the Prophet Amos had long warned of an inevitable day of judgement). But, just as it would happen later in Babylon following the death of Nebuchadnezzar, Israel rapidly collapsed in the absence of a powerful leader. Six kings would follow Jeroboam in the nation’s remaining thirty years, four of whom would murder their predecessors to gain the throne.
Faithless Heart’s last scene in Hazor presents the prostitute Gomer, even as she is being supernaturally redeemed, confronted by former lovers, just as—according to a word received from one of Babylon’s most famous captives 150 years later—the people of Israel shall someday be confronted upon their redemption…
Therefore, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God, “Because your lewdness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered through your harlotries with your lovers and with all your detestable idols…therefore, behold, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, even all those whom you loved and all those whom you hated. So I will gather them against you from every direction and expose your nakedness to them that they may see all your nakedness… (Eze 16:35-38)
Though it’s sometimes difficult to imagine, if the past teaches us anything it’s that rulers and nations fail.
This article originally appeared on the blog Standing by the Gate, October 28, 2016, and reposted with permission.
Cliff Keller lives in Jerusalem, Israel with his wife, Marcia after making Aliyah in the spring of 2011 from the United States. His most recent novel is a work of historical biblical fiction entitled The Lion or The Lamb: Samson Ruth and Salvation. Cliff also blogs at Standing by the Gate and has a writing website, goodStories.