I find it rather cute that Mynita and I go many places together and are called, “The Sisters.” We’ve been close forever. (Note: Mynita took back her last name “Anderson,” and I’m blonde now. We’ve each lost 30 pounds!)
- Mynita Rubel & Effie Gross (Jan. 2016) Mynita is two years, two months and two days older than me. I am the baby of the family. We stay out of trouble (most of the time) by going to church, the gym, and on vacation together. Ours is a very special family relationship. Lasting and loving.
Contrastly, take the biblical Aholah and Aholibah found in Ezekiel 23:1-49. Bible scholars have assigned the two sisters to represent Israel and Judah, one nation by birth from Sarah, the same mother. I believe that interpretation to be true, even to their punishment for idolatry.
However, since the Bible is a record of human experience, it seems fair to make connections relevant for today. Here’s what the biblical parable says about the sisters. The word of the LORD came to Ezekiel saying: two sisters were whores (KJV term) in Egypt. In their youth, they gave away their virginity. Aholah (Samaria) being the elder, and Aholibah (Jerusalem) her sister. God claimed them as his own. They had children, both sons and daughters.
Aholah doted on her lovers, playing the harlot with the desirable Assyrians who were clothed in blue, riding horses. She never left the whoredom of her youth; therefore, God delivered her into the hand of her lovers, the Assyrians.
The men who had discovered her nakedness, took her sons and daughters. They killed Aholah with the sword, executing judgment upon her. For her sinful life, she became famous among women.
When her sister, Aholibah, saw this, she became even more corrupt than Aholah in her inordinate love and whoredoms. Aholibah doted on the desirable, young Assyrian captains and rulers in their gorgeous uniforms. She was defiled, increasing her sin, “for when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion” girdles upon their loins, wearing dyed turbans on their heads, looking like princes.
After seeing paintings of them on the wall, she sent them messages. The Babylonians came and defiled her in their bed of love. Polluted with them, her mind was alienated from them. So, she discovered her nakedness and whoredom; yet, she increased her whoredoms and relished in former days of her youth when she played the harlot in Egypt.
“Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee…thou shall be laughed to scorn” (cf. Ezekiel 23:22-33).
CONSIDER: Pornography and lust played a part in the downfall of the biblical sisters. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun, as King Solomon wrote. For Christians: Don’t defile yourself and cause God’s blessings to be withheld. For Truth seekers: God forgives sin. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, go and sin no more. In either case: ask for forgiveness and strength to follow the Lord in his holiness. Resist the devil and he will flee.
Lastly, make no mistake, my sister and I have nothing in common with the biblical sisters named above. Though imperfect, we love the Lord with whole hearts, and we love each other.
Questions: Did someone’s name come to mind who could benefit from this blog post?
Will you share these words with him or her?
Can you praise God for deliverance from sin?
May I pray for you?
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