Ezekiel 14

Ezekiel 14 has a bit of a showdown happening as “certain of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me”.  Ezekiel is confronted by some of the leaders of the day and God doesn’t waste any time at all and His Word came to the prophet right away.  It wasn’t sugar coated either.  “These men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces”.  The problem is idolatry and the impact is severe – when we have idols we “are all estranged from me through their idols”.

Idolatry is pretty simple.  It is when we put anything in the place God deserves – first place – sitting on the throne of our life – anything that comes between our worship of God.  And unfortunately we are all guilty of idolatry.  We are always giving in to letting other things get in the way of our relationship with the Father.  God does have a solution.  “Thus says the Lord God: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations”.  We have to turn around and go the other way – to run back to God.  Repentance is putting off the old and putting on the new.

 

Idolatry is a very real problem for man.  God is clear that it “separates himself from me, taking his idols into his heart and putting the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face”.  Sin gets in the way and prevents us from walking in right relationship with God.  Idolatry is one of the big sins that causes us to fall.  We put other things in God’s place.  And the result is severe.  God says “I will set my face against that man; I will make him a sign and a byword and cut him off from the midst of my people, and you shall know that I am the Lord”.  It isn’t a little issue.  It is deadly in our relationship with God.

 

But it can go even further.  God tells us that entire nations can become obsessed by idolatry.  “When a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast”.  God will deal with a nation.  And He is clear that “even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord God”.  These are three guys in God’s hall of fame, and even if they were in that nation it would not be spared.  Idolatry is a big deal.  God will deal with it harshly.  This is no laughing matter.  It is a major issue we all need to evaluate in our lives!

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