Ezekiel 8 is a difficult read because it underscores how easily false worship can be practiced, even in environments designed for genuine worship. Ezekiel was supernaturally transported (either mentally or physically) from exile to Jerusalem. There, the prophet was allowed to see what was transpiring inside the temple grounds. Within the very area where the people were called to adore the Lord the leaders of Judah honored all forms of idolatry. How quickly sin ensnares humanity. Sometimes the wicked tilt is directly within the midst of religious activities. Both inside the temple, and near the temple, people had turned to false beliefs to satisfy the desires of their hearts. Imagine the shame Ezekiel felt for his kinsmen as God led him around Jerusalem, and exposed the prophet to the disgusting practices that had become rampant in the city of David. Evidently, few were left to defend God’s cause, or champion the Lord’s name. May that not be true of us.
Ezekiel 8:12 “He said to me, ‘Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol?’” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/17/2019)