Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 6, 2017

“According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies” – “thus you will know that I am the Lord God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 23.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother;  and they played the harlot in Egypt.  They played the harlot in their youth;  there their breasts were pressed and there their virgin bosom was handled.  Their names were Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister.  And they became Mine, and they bore sons and daughters.  And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

“Oholah played the harlot while she was Mine;  and she lusted after her lovers, after the Assyrians, her neighbors, who were clothed in purple, governors and officials, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses.  She bestowed her harlotries on them, all of whom were the choicest men of Assyria;  and with all whom she lusted after, with all their idols she defiled herself.

“Now her sister Oholibah saw this, yet she was more corrupt in her lust than she, and her harlotries were more than the harlotries of her sister.  She lusted after the Assyrians, governors and officials, the ones near, magnificently dressed, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable young men.  I saw that she had defiled herself;  they both took the same way.  So she increased her harlotries.  And she saw men portrayed on the wall, images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, girded with belts on their loins, with flowing turbans on their heads, all of them looking like officers, like the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their birth.  When she saw them she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.  The Babylonians came to her to the bed of love and defiled her with their harlotry. And when she had been defiled by them, she became disgusted with them.

“For thus says the Lord God, ‘Bring up a company against them and give them over to terror and plunder.  The company will stone them with stones and cut them down with their swords;  they will slay their sons and their daughters and burn their houses with fire.  Thus I will make lewdness cease from the land, that all women may be admonished and not commit lewdness as you have done.  Your lewdness will be requited upon you, and you will bear the penalty of worshiping your idols;  thus you will know that I am the Lord God.’”  Ezekiel 23:1-7 and 11-17 and 46-49.


Despite all the stunning unfaithfulness and other sin, other doctrine still prefers the god of their desires which is some kind of Santa Claus that only shows lovingkindness.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who not only shows lovingkindness but Who also shows justice and righteousness.

We see such a showing of justice and righteousness by the LORD God in today’s Scripture.

17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west
And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream
Which the wind of the LORD drives.”  Isaiah 59:17-19.

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.   


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