Sometimes I am amazed at the word pictures and imagery that God used in the Bible. I am reading through Jeremiah right now and at every turn there is a new passage that leaps out at me. I am captivated by the whole “Judah as prostitute” motif because I think it describes their rebellion so clearly.
Here Jeremiah 3:2-3 (NIV)
2 “Look up to the barren heights and see.
Is there any place where you have not been ravished?
By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers,
sat like a nomad in the desert.
You have defiled the land
with your prostitution and wickedness.
3 Therefore the showers have been withheld,
and no spring rains have fallen.
Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute;
you refuse to blush with shame.
There is something about the “refuse to blush with shame” part that just won’t get out of my head. God is saying there here is a double offense: you sin against me and then you don’t even feel bad for it.
More times than I want to admit that has been me.