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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Bonus Reading, Ezekiel
As a Cheating Wife
Today's reading from Ezekiel offers another version of the central metaphor in the prophet Hosea -- Israel's treatment of God is like that of a woman who cheats on a faithful husband. Here, God is the doting suitor who gives lavish gifts to the beautiful woman whom he loves. However, the woman has a wandering eye, and keeps looking to other gods for even better things. In this, they are like some of the neighboring countries who have treated God in the same way (and will receive the same punishment).