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Ezekiel 9-10, Psalm 51

2 Chronicles 2-7 is essential  to understand the significance of Ezekiel 9-10. In 2 Chronicles Solomon begins building God’s temple according to patterns established by the previous tabernacle. God’s glory descends upon the temple in a cloud such that this presence prevents the priests from accomplishing their duties. In this moment God’s special sovereign presence has come so that heaven collides with earth when the people of God have a unique representation of God’s heavenly throne in their midst. So when God judges Judah in Ezekiel 9 and begins to hover above the cherubim en route to leaving the temple in Ezekiel 10, we realize that what is promised in 2 Chronicles 7 is coming true. I quote at length: “This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’” (2 Chronicles 7:21-22). Ezekiel’s vision in yesterday’s reading showed what was happening in God’s temple The idolatry warned against has become rampant, and prior to God’s allowing Solomon’s temple to be destroyed, God’s presence leaves the temple. First God abandons the temple, then the temple will follow. This situation pictures life without God, it cannot last, physically or spiritually. Judah will soon see the terrible repercussions of their choices. May there predicament warn us about taking lightly the temple that was destroyed and rebuilt in three days or the kindness of God in making us temples for God’s Holy Spirit. Paul applies the presence of God’s Spirit in our lives clearly in Ephesians 4:30 when he tells us, “ And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”.

Jeremiah Vaught