Imperious


~Ezekiel 16:30 How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these [things], the work of an imperious whorish woman;

The word imperious captured my attention in today’s text. I had an idea of its meaning but once I read the definition, I saw something altogether different:

Commanding; dictatorial; haughty; arrogant; overbearing; domineering; as an imperious tyrant; an imperious dictator; an imperious man; an imperious temper.

The word imperious is only found once in Scripture and it is related with a whorish woman. One doesn’t have to be a woman of this “occupation” to be imperious, however. The opposite of imperious is submissive – totally the opposite of our Proverbs 31 wife, amen? As well, it’s totally the opposite of the Lord Jesus Christ. He submitted Himself to His Heavenly Father to the point of death for our sin. No wonder God referred to Israel as an imperious whorish woman! Israel was no longer submissive to God – she went after other gods (thus making her a whore) and she shook her spiritual fist at Him.

What can we learn from this woman’s character? Is our heart weak? Are we weak in God’s Word? If we even closely resemble an imperious woman, then our heart is weak. We can only be as strong as our time spent in the Word of God. As well, we cannot be submissive if we are not in His Word either. In fact, if we are not reading, studying and obeying our Bible, we are being arrogant. We think we can do it on our own and we cannot. Without God’s Word permeating every fiber of our being, we will fall into temptation. What becomes of a woman who does not submit to God? She will not submit to her husband. The longer she continues, the more commanding she will become. She will be a “little tyrant” in her home. If a woman turns away from God, she is automatically turning toward another ‘god’!

Be careful, dear lady! Don’t get caught in Satan’s trap. You may think you have the right to go against God’s Word when it comes to submission but you really don’t. What you do have right to is the end result of being rebellious. It will only bring heartache in your home as well as “spankings” from God. Better to get that taken care of early in your spiritual walk than to pay the price later.

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