Ezekiel 14 displays two very contrasting realities. Reality one is that mankind is full of disgrace. We are filled with defiled mouths, hearts, and lives. Form the beginning, humanity has inherently sought to rid ourselves of God’s authority, and one of the ways in which we do that is to invoke the worship of idols. But reality two is that God desires to remove the spiritual filth and restore us to righteousness, and purity. In other words, the Lord wants to shatter the idols of our lives, and bring us back into a divine fellowship. In Ezekiel 14, exiled people, who were disillusioned and discouraged, were still far from God. False prophets gave the people of Judah made-up messages, either for profit, or to boost their egos, knowing that they could capitalize on the need for inflated morale and hope. But these messages, which were touted as inspired by God, were the inventions of dishonest people. In all of this the Lord informed Ezekiel that he longed to reach everyone, including the liars and deceivers. Why? Because God’s divine nature, His loving disposition, continually wants to influence hearts, and show mankind the depth of His great affection. Is this not true today? God love those deemed unlovable by society. God cares for the brokenhearted. So may we leave the filthy idols, whatever they may be in our lives, and walk in the glorious fellowship of the Lord.
Ezekiel 14:5 “‘I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/19/2019)