Today you should read: Ezekiel 8
In our passage today Ezekiel is having another vision from the Lord. He was transported in his vision to the temple in Jerusalem to see what was taking place. To say that God was not happy about the worship of other gods is an understatement. The elders had engraved images of idols on the walls of the court and they were worshipping them (v.7-13). There was ritual prostitution happening at the gate of the house of the Lord (v.14). There were twenty five men on the porch of the temple (believed to be priests) who was worshipping the sun (v.16-18). It really shows how far Israel had fallen away from the Lord and judgment was coming. I will go ahead and say that if God’s wrath is directed at me I am going to beg and plead for his forgiveness. Do you all what happened to Jesus on the cross? Yeah that should have been for you and me.
It would be easy to throw stones at Israel for their prideful arrogance to worship other idols when they knew that God put that command at the top of the list. Not only did they worship these other idols but they had the audacity to do it in God’s house. Before we give the Israelites a well deserved hard time I want to pose a question for us the think about. Don’t we do the exact same thing today? I would go further to say that maybe what we do is worse. We no longer have a singular temple that God dwells in but God now dwells in each of us who believe in the name of Jesus as savior.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19)
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (Ephesians 4:29-31)
This means when we sin or turn to our idols in our lives we are grieving the Holy Spirit of God that lives in us. I know many of us think God only sees us at church but that is just a lie. God sees us at all times in all places and is with us always. So what are your idols that you turn to instead of God? What do you trust in the day to day to satisfy you or to provide for you?
The good news is that if we are in Christ Jesus he is in everything and with us always. So be encouraged by the following verses.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)
Posted by: Chad Wiles