Ezekiel 8, Psalm 50
Ezekiel 8 would make great film. While in captivity in the land of Babylon, Ezekiel is visited by what has been translated as “a fiery figure”. This figure transports this prophet in “visions of God” to see Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8:3). In this vision Ezekiel sees what is actually taking place in Jerusalem, hundreds of miles from Ezekiel's actual location. What Ezekiel sees is very straightforward, for Jerusalem is full of rampant idolatry. This apex, or rather the nadir, of Ezekiel’s vision is when people in the temple of God choose to face away from God’s Holy Sanctuary and worship the sun. God then asks Ezekiel a question, effectively asking if such massive disregard for God’s Holiness in worship alongside of widespread violence should be met with indifference by God. The answer to this question is clear and shows why God is right to ignore Judah's prayers, “even if they shout in my ears” (Ezekiel 8:18). The point is clear, God is not one, among many deities, that can be called upon in time of trouble. As the famous line says, “If God is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.” This basically gets at the point, that God will not be mocked by idolatry, overlook evil, and then be one lifeline among many in times of trouble. However, the truth is, like we learn in Jeremiah, when people are this far gone, they don’t seem to truly come back to God at all. Rather, they would rather stay proud, ignore God and never cry out. Lord, forbid that we would ever become so blind to our great evils. Amen.