Ezekiel 23:11-21 (JDV)
Ezekiel 23:11 “Now her sister Oholibah saw this, but she was even more depraved in her lust than Oholah, and made her promiscuous acts worse than those of her sister.
Ezekiel 23:12 She lusted after the Assyrians: rulers and governors, warriors splendidly dressed, horsemen riding on steeds, all of them desirable young men.
Ezekiel 23:13 And I saw that she had defiled herself; both of them had taken the same path.
Ezekiel 23:14 But she increased her obscenity when she saw male figures carved on the wall, images of the Chaldeans, engraved in bright red,
Ezekiel 23:15 wearing belts on their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like officers, a depiction of the Babylonians in Chaldea, their native land.
Ezekiel 23:16 At the sight of them she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.
Ezekiel 23:17 Then the Babylonians came to her, to the bed of love, and defiled her with their lust. But after she was defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust.
Ezekiel 23:18 When she flaunted her obscenity and exposed her nakedness, I turned away from her in disgust just as I turned away from her sister.
Ezekiel 23:19 Yet she multiplied her acts of obscenity, remembering the days of her youth when she committed fornication in the land of Egypt
Ezekiel 23:20 and lusted after their lovers, whose sexual members were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of stallions.
Ezekiel 23:21 So you revisited the infamy of your youth when the Egyptians caressed your nipples to enjoy your youthful breasts.
This is another one of those PG passages in Scripture. It describes the judgment upon Jerusalem and the reason for it. Jerusalem lusted after the young studs of Babylon like her sister Samaria had lusted after the young studs of Assyria. She had allowed herself to be used until that was all she was. Like Samaria, it was now Jerusalem’s time to bear the penalty for her sinful idolatry.
LORD, may our desire be for you and your word. Purge from us the lust for other things.