WHEN GOD TOLD HIS ‘WIFE’ SHE WAS WORSE THAN A WHORE…

To call a woman or a man a whore is a horrible insult to anyone. We all know that it implies that person sold their body for money. It implies he or she defiled their body and brought shame upon everyone who is close to them.

We also know that throughout the entire bible God uses the analogy of marriage to describe His relationship with His chosen people Israel, and to describe the relationship of Yeshua the Messiah to the church…

Isaiah 54:5  (NKJV)

For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.

Isaiah 54:5 (NKJV)

For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.

Ephesians 5:25-27  (NKJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might [a]sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

2 Corinthians 11:2  (NKJV)

For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

He did this because He gives us horizontal examples (our relationships with one another) of our vertical relationship (our relationship with Him), so we can truly see how He feels. He allows us to experience His emotions, because we were created in His image.

That’s why when Israel sinned against Him, when they compromised, when they assimilated. When they allowed themselves to be influenced by pagans rather than influencing them, He called it spiritual adultery…

Jeremiah 3:8-10 (NKJV)

Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.

James 4:4 (NKJV)

4 [a]Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Matthew 16:4 (NKJV)

A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of [a]the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

However, God was so hurt, upset and angry with His ‘spiritual wife’ Israel, that He allowed them to lose their nation, exiled in Babylon and scattered throughout the region. As He told them of their sins He told them that they’re sin was worse than the heathens around them because they were supposed to be His! Any spouse can relate to this. It hurts much worse when a spouse is mistreated by his or her mate because they are supposed to be ‘one flesh’. They belong to one another.


Because of this God told Israel not only did they ‘act like a whore’, but they were worse than a whore. A whore or prostitute waits to be solicited, but Israel didn’t wait to be solicited, they volunteered themselves as unfaithful spouse and did not ask for money, but paid their ‘spiritual lovers”. Read this in a few different translations…

Ezekiel 16:31-34 (NKJV)

31 “You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your [a]high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. 32 You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. 33 Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and [b]hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry. 34 You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given you, therefore you are the opposite.”

Ezekiel 16:31-34 (MSG)

30-31 “‘What a sick soul! Doing all this stuff—the champion whore! You built your bold brothels at every major intersection, opened up your whorehouses in every neighborhood, but you were different from regular whores in that you wouldn’t accept a fee.

32-34 “‘Wives who are unfaithful to their husbands accept gifts from their lovers. And men commonly pay their whores. But you pay your lovers! You bribe men from all over to come to bed with you! You’re just the opposite of the regular whores who get paid for sex. Instead, you pay men for their favors! You even pervert whoredom!

Ezekiel 16:31-34 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

31 building your platforms on every streetcorner, making your high places in every open space — and yet you aren’t like a whore, because you scorn getting paid. 32 Here is a wife who commits adultery, who goes to bed with strangers instead of her husband; 33 but also instead of receiving gifts like every other prostitute, you give gifts to all your lovers, you bribe them to come to you from all over the place and have sex with you! 34 You are the opposite of other women — you solicit the fornication, you aren’t solicited; and you pay them, they don’t pay you — you’re the opposite!


So fast forward to now. How many times have we cheated on God? How many times have we stopped and thought about the fact that something was wrong, then chose to do it anyway? How many times have we had a choice between right and wrong and chose wrong? How many times have we been a hypocrite? How many times have we compromised? How many times have we promised God that we wouldn’t do something again, only to do it again, and again, and again?

How many times have you allowed the world to influence your faith rather than letting you faith influence the world. Remember this often overlooked verse…

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)

33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

All of the above is why we should never take for granted God’s grace and mercy. It’s why it is so important to constantly confess and acknowledge our sins to Him…

1 John 1:9  (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We must always be mindful to focus on acknowledging our sins, repenting and turning from the behavior we know hurts God, just as one who loves his or her husband or wife would want their spouse to do.

To feel genuinely sorrowful, not for getting caught…not for the consequences…but genuinely sorrowful for hurting someone who truly loves them, and completely turning from the hurtful behavior, that’s repentance

2 Corinthians 7:10  (NKJV)

10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

When you truly love someone, you change not just to avoid the consequences, but you change because you don’t want to hurt them.

This is why I firmly believe that if someone has a spouse that has been unfaithful, and begs forgiveness, that they should forgive them and continue in the marriage. That’s what God did for Israel. That’s what He still does for us today through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

WHEN GOD EXPECTS US TO FORGIVE ADULTERY (CHEATING ON GOD)…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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