It’s often said that: “Not all that glitters is gold.” But few understand its implication. Otherwise we would not judge by appearance only. And eligible bachelors would avoid spinsters from Sodom like plague.
Sodom was a symbol of corruption, and was destroyed by God for its wickedness and sin (Genesis 19:24). Samaria had been the capital of the northern kingdom and was rejected by the Jews. God’s reference to Israel as a sister to Sodom and Samaria was bad enough.
Now, to be referred to as worse than them was a clear statement of Judah’s descent to abominable depravity. The most apt proverb of Jerusalem: “as is the mother so is the daughter” signify here the people’s continuous bent toward sinning.
“Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter” (Ezekiel 16:44).
The prophet reminded Judah that Sodom was destroyed because of pride, laziness, gluttony and for ignoring the needy within its reach. In Ezekiel 16:44-52
We berate one who commits what we rate as grave sin, adultery, stealing, murder, etc, but do not recognize the sinfulness of “pride, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness” (verse 49). There is no little sin. Every transgression is punishable by the Lord.
Do you categorize sin, avoiding the grave ones and fiddling with the ‘less consequential’ ones? Remember that ‘every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward.
If we are righteous we do not increase God’s righteousness. He is holy and will ever remain so. He wants us to be like Him so we can live with Him hereafter, and so that it will be well with us here.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The life we live shows how much of Christ we have.