Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all Scripture is inspired and profitable for teaching. But there are some verses that make you wonder…
Here is one passage I have NEVER heard any pastor preach on, and doubt I ever will: Ezekiel 23:20-21. It says this in the NIV:
There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.
I just performed a quick internet search, and found two guys who wrote a fairly decent post about Ezekiel 23:20-21… Here is a colorful quote:
Allegory or not, passages like Ezekiel 23 certainly present some challenges to our social comfort levels. Just when you think you think you’re past the slightly embarrassing awkwardness of the breast fondling, virgin bosom caressing, prostitution and exposing of oneself (starting in verse 3 and repeated numerous times thereafter), you find yourself at verse 20, which seems more like something from a National Geographic special about the wild mustangs of the American West than the inspired Word of God.
Ah yes. Anyone who says the Bible is boring has never actually read it.
Have you ever heard a pastor preach on this passage? Do you have the sermon notes? If so, I would love to hear about how this sermon went and what he said. I know that many pastors preach through books of the Bible (that is my approach as well), and so if any pastor preaches through Ezekiel, I suppose they would have to cover this text… or skip over it.
If you have heard a sermon on Ezekiel 23:20-21, or attended a Bible study where it was discussed, let me know in the comments below and tell me what was said. Keep it PG-13!