his jealous rage
Ezekiel 23:22-27 (JDV)
Ezekiel 23:22 “Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Lord Yahveh says: notice I am going to incite your lovers against you, those you turned away from in disgust. I will bring them against you from every side:
Ezekiel 23:23 the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans; Pekod, Shoa, and Koa; and all the Assyrians with them – desirable young men, all of them rulers and governors, officers and administrators, all of them riding on steeds.
Ezekiel 23:24 They will come against you with a mob of peoples and with weapons, chariots, and wagons. They will set themselves against you on every side with large and small shields and helmets. I will delegate judgment to them, and they will judge you by their own standards.
Ezekiel 23:25 When I vent my jealous rage on you, they will deal with you in wrath. They will cut off your nose and ears, and the rest of you will fall by the sword. They will seize your sons and daughters, and the rest of you will be consumed by fire.
Ezekiel 23:26 They will strip off your clothes and take your beautiful jewelry.
Ezekiel 23:27 So I will put an end to your infamy and prostitution, which began in the land of Egypt, and you will not look longingly at them or remember Egypt anymore.
his jealous rage
What happened to Jerusalem was the result of the rage of a jealous God. The LORD took the very same nations who had lured Jerusalem into idolatry and turned those nations against the city. The resulting destruction by sword and fire was cataclysmic.
This is not a description of hell, but it does describe the motivation behind hell. Our God views our lives of sin as infamy and prostitution, and he will put an end to it. Repentance and faith is our only way out of this fate.
LORD, forgive us our idolatry. Restore us to your favor in Christ.