#37 Women of the Bible: Jerusalem in parable
Jerusalem is depicted as a woman in a parable in which God poignantly expresses His feelings of love and compassion towards her. Ezekiel writes about God finding Jerusalem as a discarded newborn baby drowning in her own blood, saving her from the open field, cleaning her up and nurturing her to resplendent maturity. At this point Jerusalem ignored God and had sex with all and sundry, worshipped idols and broke God’s heart (Ez. 16).
God left her alone, let her be abused by her lovers, let her be put into captivity until she returned to Him ashamed, disappointed and embarrassed and then God said He would “provide an atonement for all she had done” (Ez. 16:63 mod.).
Furthermore God said: “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” (Ez. 36:25-27).
Did you know that God’s heart was like this? Did you know He loves so passionately and strongly? This may surprise you but He loves you in exactly the same way!
You see, every one of us were like that baby covered in its own blood and thrown out unwanted into a field to just die. None of us have anything about ourselves to make us look good! We can’t do ANYTHING to make us look pretty to God.
But God wants to take us and make us resplendent. He wants to wash us and regenerate us and renew us by the Holy Spirit – all because Jesus did what we couldn’t do. Jesus saved us.
Here is that parable about Jerusalem put into language that is about you:
“For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Tit. 3:3-7 NKJV).
All God wants is for you to come to Him ashamed, disappointed and embarrassed about yourself and your life. Say sorry and ask Jesus to be your Saviour. Trust in God to do the rest.