Today you should read: Ezekiel 8
In this chapter, Ezekiel starts to understand just how deep the sin ran among the people of Israel, how the glory of God has departed, and how/why the judgment of God was coming upon them. As Warren Wiersbe said, “In this chapter, Ezekiel had two vivid experiences that led to a sad declaration: God would unleash His fury and judge His people without pity.”
God wanted no misunderstanding of why… It is because God was glorious, holy, and majestic (v.1-2) and could not let sin (v.3-16) just pass under His nose forever. In this chapter we see a few things:
1) The GLORY of God (v.1-2)
God was, is, and forever will be full of glory. He is unlike anything we have ever seen or known. He is God. This means He deserves full WORSHIP. Which leads us to their sin…
2) Their Sin: IDOLATRY (v.3-16)
Ezekiel is transported in a vision to Jerusalem… and the first thing he sees is an IDOL… “the image of jealousy” (v.3)… God has shown Himself time and time again worthy of all worship. The number one commandment in the 10 commandments is to Worship God and Him only. But they, just like us, turned from Him and worshipped other things.
3) God’s JUDGEMENT (v.17-18)
God had let this go for some time… but no more. He was going to put a stop to it. God will only let us sin so much before He steps in. He was going to bring judgment.
What idols do we see in the lives of Americans?
What idols do we see in our life?
How can we lay these down and give God our full and true worship?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
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