Ezekiel 5
LORD, reading Your judgments of Israel reminds me that You and Your judgments are just.  You are always right in all You do.  Even so, these passages always leave me saddened.  I find them disturbing on several levels. 

I wonder how the Israelite's could abandon You!  After seeing Your hand, Your capacity to protect and deliver, they still went their own way.  Why forsake the One True God?  It is Your Name they sully.  It is Your glory they demean.  It is Your worthiness they reject.  How could they? 

I also feel sorry for them.  I have nothing with which to compare this punishment—the devastation of all the Israelites knew.  Even the remnant of the faithful went through this time of destruction and persecution. 

After these questions I must come back to the root of my questioning—am I so different from them?  I can only conclude I am worse than they are.  I have more understanding of the vast mystery of Your good news.  I have the Holy Spirit living within me, yet I, too, can so quickly abandon Your ways and fail to acknowledge Your name as worthy of my all. 

Forgive me, Father, and quickly remind me of who You are and who I am in Your Son, Jesus.  May I be quick to repent.

Ezekiel 5:13 
"They shall know that I am the LORD."

In Ezekiel, this is the first time the LORD makes this statement.  This knowledge comes primarily from His judgment.  "They shall know that I am the LORD" is the primary theme of Ezekiel.  As we read this book, you will see this statement repeatedly until Ezekiel 40. 

Chapters 40-48 record his last vision of God which concludes with the statement "The name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There."  This city is the one Abraham is looking forward to in Hebrews 11:10, a city whose designer and builder is God.  Ultimately, this is the place David desires in Psalm 43:3, "Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!"  Those who dwell in this city do not need to be reminded to know the LORD because they will live with Him forever. 

How important is it to know God?  In John 17:3 Jesus says to know God is eternal life.  "This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."  As you read through the Bible next year, I would suggest attention be paid to every time "know that I am the LORD" is stated.  You will be surprised.

LORD, my God, I want to know You.  May it be true of us that we understand YHWH is our God.  Whatever it takes LORD!  Whatever it takes.  Please, Lord would it be true that You know me.  

1 Corinthians 7:1-9
"But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his wife and each woman her own husband."

In all of Scripture, there is only one God-given solution to the problem of sexual desire.  Marriage is God’s answer to sexual immorality.  If they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry.  For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.