Previously, we discussed the significance of Ezekiel 16:7-8 with regard to the issue of marriage and puberty. Christian sources agree that puberty was the requirement for marriage, but Christian apologists like Cerbie maintain that it is actually “post” pubescence that is the minimum requirement. So let us revisit Christian commentaries on Ezekiel 16 to see what is the truth of the matter.
David Guzik’s commentary is particularly helpful. According to Guzik, verse 6 is referring to the period of Israel’s passage into “young adulthood”:
“Under God’s care Israel became larger, stronger, and more mature. They became very beautiful and came into young adulthood (your breasts were formed, your hair grew).”
Guzik also adds:
“According to Block, your hair grew refers to the metaphorical young woman’s pubic hair. “With the passing of the age of innocence and the arrival of sexual maturity, nakedness assumes moral overtones. Whereas the earlier nakedness had made the foundling vulnerable to the elements and marauding animals, now she stands exposed to dangers of a different sort.””
So we can see words like “maturity” and “adulthood” being used. The implication is that Israel has become of marriageable age. Israel is no longer a child, but a beautiful woman. God even describes her physical traits, like breasts and pubic hair, both signs of adulthood.