Ezekiel is not an easy book to read, this is for sure. It is not easy for several reasons:
1. There is much symbolism which we may not understand today.
2. The children of God have strayed so far, they are almost unrecognizable.
3. To see God’s righteous anger is a hard thing to observe.
One thing I did observe is that the children of Israel were a completely rebellious group almost autonomous in their actions. Did you notice in chapter 5 where God says to them “You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you.” Not only are they not following God, but they are not even conforming to that which they are seeking. They are a people lost in their rebellion, they have no foundation.
How did they get so far away from God? How did they get so confused as to who they were? They didn’t arrive there over night. If you look back over their history they arrived there little by little; each time they rebelled or refused to follow what they knew to be true; each time they chose a different idol over God; each time they prayed to a different god; each time they allowed another ungodly culture to influence them. Ever so slowly they began to lose the essence of who they were until they were no longer connected or rooted in anything other than themselves.
The application in all this, for me, is to ask the question, “What have I let ever so slowly become a part of my life, which does not belong there”? “What influences have I let become a part of who I am, that should not be”?
We must live in the world, but Jesus has called/asked us to of the world. How much of the world is a part of who I am and what I do? How much more so, should Christ be?
Until next time – be encouraged