Insights on Today's Reading
Ezekiel 5 - Ezekiel was called by God to show an illustration of using his own hair. This would especially touch a Jew for a man's hair was important. A shaved head was a disgrace. But that's what Israel was like because of their sin. Ezekiel was to cut his hair off be divided three ways to show what judgments Israel would face: death by famine, death by sword, and dispersion among the nations.
Ezekiel 6 - Ezekiel preached against the mountains and valleys where Israel conducted its idolatrous practices. The whole system would be destroyed. God will still leave a remnant who would escape and they would know that He was at work because He remembered them among the nations.
Ezekiel 7 - Four times over, verses 3,4,8,9, God says He will "repay" Israel for their sins. All the things Judah trusted will not help them: not money, verse 19; not idols, verses 20-22; not their leaders, verses 23-27.
Ezekiel 8 - Ezekiel is given a vision of the defilement of the Temple. What was happening in the Temple was happening in the nation: idolatry overran it. Even the inner chambers of the Temple, hidden from outside view, evil practices were happening. Nothing was hidden from God's view.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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