Today you should read: Ezekiel 6
Not a very cheery passage for us today. You will begin to notice that much of this book is as gloomy as this chapter. However, it is important to know that, amidst the gloom and doom, there lies glimmers of grace and hope.
The title of today’s chapter is “Judgment against Israel’s mountains.” I have to confess that when I read the title I thought to myself, “what in the world is this going to be about?” and more importantly, “what am I going to say about God burning down some mountains?” But then as I read a thought came to mind:
Nowhere is safe from God’s judgment
You read in many places in the Bible about mountains. They are seen as a symbol of strength and safety. Here are some passages where we see this.
People saw mountains as a place they could go to for protection from anything. In fact, they even saw it as a place to run to from God. In Hosea 10:8 Hosea prophecies that the people will cry out to the mountains to cover them so that God would not see them and punish them for their sins.
The truth is that no one can hide from God (Jeremiah 23:24, Proverbs 15:3) He knows all and sees all. He also controls all things, including the mountains. Ezekiel was letting the people know that their “security” in the mountains was misplaced and that they were going to pay for their “lustful eyes that long for their idols”.
The other thing that stood out to me was the raw emotion of God we read in verse 9.
“Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols.”
When I read that it was like a kick to the stomach. I was reminded that:
Every sin I commit brings pain and anguish to God
So when we put these two things together we see that God is a Father. He has children who are willfully disobeying him; that disobedience not only brings Him pain but it also calls Him to disciplinary action as a good Father. What a good God we have. Let us keep these two things in mind this week. God sees all we do, no hiding from him and when we sin we grieve Him.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd