Analysis Of Ezekiel 16

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Israel did not ask for God to adopt her so it is inappropriate to chastise her as a whore. Although always inappropriate to address someone as a whore, Israel never asked to be taken in as a special people for generations to come. However, some will argue against this as they asked for help. Despite the position one takes on this, it can be agreed upon that in the metaphor of an adopted child God used in His anger is quite shocking when paired with whore.
Israel was promised to be a great nation back in Abraham’s time so the Israelites never had the chance to ask first if this was what they wanted. To reprimand a people for their wrong doings they must first have agreed not to do them. This does not include strong persuasion and commands after rescuing them from their captors. In Ezekiel 16, God speaks of saving Israel at their weakest moment, nursing them back to full health. They were already a chosen people, in the close eye of the Lord and He would have helped at their weakest moment or if He simply did not like the threat they faced at the time. Whether they asked for his help or not, God would have condemned them in the end for not obeying all the laws, although they did at some point and it is often used as an argument.
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“Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” They asked for assistance in a time of great need, as people of faith often do. We have no way of knowing what they were asking for specifically, but I doubt they were expecting the ten plagues and Prophet Moses that brought them to freedom. They were probably praying for support and comfort as most do. Overall, the people of Israel should not continue to be held to the highest of standards and chastised as a whore for simply asking their merciful God for

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