Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 23

Yechezk'el 23:1-4 The word of the L-RD came to me again saying, "Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother; and they played the harlot in Egypt. They played the harlot in their youth; there their breasts were pressed, and there their virgin bosom was handled. "And their names were Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister. And they became Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. And as for their names, Shomron (Samaria) is Oholah, and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) is Oholibah.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Aleph - head, creator, bull appointed to sacrifice.

Israel belonged to the L-rd and the children also belonged to Him. Keep this in mind as we study this chapter.

One mother - This refers to the united kingdom of Israel.

Two women - This refers to the kingdom after it was divided.

Oholah - means "Her own tabernacle". She represents the northern kingdom, Israel.

Oholibah - means "My tabernacle is in her". This refers to G-d's holy temple in Yerushalayim. She represents the southern kingdom, Judea.

Yechezk'el 23:5-10 "And Oholah played the harlot while she was Mine; and she lusted after her lovers, after the Assyrians, her neighbors, who were clothed in purple, governors and officials, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses. "And she bestowed her harlotries on them, all of whom were the choicest men of Assyria; and with all whom she lusted after, with all their idols she defiled herself. "And she did not forsake her harlotries from the time in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her, and they handled her virgin bosom and poured out their lust on her. "Therefore, I gave her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, after whom she lusted. "They uncovered her nakedness; they took her sons and her daughters, but they slew her with the sword. Thus she became a byword among women, and they executed judgments on her.

They were delivered over to Assyrians. The ten northern tribes were taken first. The two southern tribes did not learn from the sins of the north.

Sometimes the L-rd gives you over to your desire. The Southern tribes actually became worse.

Yechezk'el 23:11-35 "Now her sister Oholibah saw this, yet she was more corrupt in her lust than she, and her harlotries were more than the harlotries of her sister. "She lusted after the Assyrians, governors and officials, the ones near, magnificently dressed, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable young men. "And I saw that she had defiled herself; they both took the same way. "So she increased her harlotries. And she saw men portrayed on the wall, images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, girded with belts on their loins, with flowing turbans on their heads, all of them looking like officers, like the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their birth. "And when she saw them she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea. "And the Babylonians came to her to the bed of love, and they defiled her with their harlotry. And when she had been defiled by them, she became disgusted with them. "And she uncovered her harlotries and uncovered her nakedness; then I became disgusted with her, as I had become disgusted with her sister. "Yet she multiplied her harlotries, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the harlot in the land of Egypt. "And she lusted after their paramours, whose flesh is like the flesh of donkeys and whose issue is like the issue of horses. "Thus you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when the Egyptians handled your bosom because of the breasts of your youth. "Therefore, O Oholibah, thus says the L-rd G-D, 'Look I will arouse your lovers against you, from whom you were alienated, and I will bring them against you from every side: the Babylonians and all the Kasdim (Chaldeans), P'kod (Pekod) and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them; desirable young men, governors and officials all of them, officers and men of renown, all of them riding on horses. 'And they will come against you with weapons, chariots, and wagons, and with a company of peoples. They will set themselves against you on every side with buckler and shield and helmet; and I shall commit the judgment to them, and they will judge you according to their customs. 'And I will set My jealousy against you, that they may deal with you in wrath. They will remove your nose and your ears; and your survivors will fall by the sword. They will take your sons and your daughters; and your survivors will be consumed by the fire. 'They will also strip you of your clothes and take away your beautiful jewels. 'Thus I shall make your lewdness and your harlotry brought from the land of Egypt to cease from you, so that you will not lift up your eyes to them or remember Egypt anymore.' "For thus says the Lord G-D, 'Look, I will give you into the hand of those whom you hate, into the hand of those from whom you were alienated. 'And they will deal with you in hatred, take all your property, and leave you naked and bare. And the nakedness of your harlotries shall be uncovered, both your lewdness and your harlotries. 'These things will be done to you because you have played the harlot with the nations, because you have defiled yourself with their idols. 'You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore I will give her cup into your hand.' "Thus says the L-rd G-D, 'You will drink your sister's cup, Which is deep and wide. You will be laughed at and held in derision; It contains much. 'You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, The cup of horror and desolation, The cup of your sister Samaria. 'And you will drink it and drain it. Then you will gnaw its fragments And tear your breasts; for I have spoken,' declares the L-rd G-D. "Therefore, thus says the L-rd G-D, 'Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, bear now the punishment of your lewdness and your harlotries.'"

Idols -can be anything or anyone that comes between you and the L-rd, our first love. Israel was suppose to be set apart. Today believers in Yeshua are to be set apart and are the "called out" ones. We are in the world but not "Of The World." We are to do the will of the L-rd no matter what man or society thinks is acceptable. The only opinion that matters is the L-rd's. If you follow the L-rd the world will hate you. Many also hated Yeshua.