Focus verses: Ezekiel 9:1-11
God has just shown Ezekiel the idolatry in Jerusalem and all of Israel. An idolatry which expands to include some of the priests of God.
This time it is not the blood of a lamb that saves the children of Israel. It is their grief and lamentation over those detestable things done in the city and even in the temple.
God reads the hearts of people. Our actions may not always live up to our own expectations but a humble and contrite heart He will not ignore or despise.
We live in a land where detestable things are done, even in the name of the Lord. We have, in large part, allowed these behaviors in the name of diversity and tolerance.
This passage shows that tolerance is not in God’s vocabulary where worship is concerned. Old men, young men and maidens, women and children – none are exempted from the winnowing blade of the Lord. Idolatry in any form is not to be tolerated.
Help us to discern idolatry in its many forms. Keep us from putting anything ahead of You in our lives. Keep us faithful to Your standards of worship and behavior.