Love and despair.
This is a bitter attack in words that God has put in Ezekiel’s mouth. And we today are probably more deserving of it.
Also, as unsparing as it is, there is a depth of love in there.
Were doing a series of analogies to illustrate how God sees the Israelites.
This one is of a prostitute. God talks about the rescue of Israel from Egypt like saving a baby abandoned in a field, and the glory of Solomon and David as like giving the abandoned child all the advantages in life.
Then the serial rejection of God for the idols of Canaan as like becoming a prostitute.
The chapter ends though, with God promising his covenant to them anyway. Their punishment amounts to their deep humiliation when they accept God’s saving grace despite their actions. Gods love is extraordinary in the context of his awareness of human evil specifically directed towards him.
I thought, we have had more advantages lavished on us than David or Solomon ever did, and more of God’s truth revealed in Jesus than the ancient Israelites ever had, and yet we are just as faithless.
The Christians, those who aren’t completely corrupt, are like the remnant within Israel. The small group of those who ‘get it’.
Though to the extent we leave the world uninformed of God’s love by being weak and passionless, the humiliation of those who reject God surely passes somewhat to those who don’t effectively preach him.
It’s not without consequence, cheap grace, and God is saying it will be revisited on us as deep painful shame.
We are doing people a service if they at least know what we are telling them about God. Even if they reject it, they own their own rejection.
And God here seems to hold out some hope of them finding his love, even through the pain of facing their evil towards him.