Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!
GOD called Ezekiel to be a prophet in 593 BC while he was one of the Jews exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. The Jews, God’s chosen people continuously disobeyed God inspite of repeated warnings and as a result God punished them. Jerusalem was attacked and completely destroyed by Babylonians in 586 BC.(Jeremiah 52).
God asked Ezekiel to confront the people of Judah about their sins and to proclaim what HE is going to do to them.
A. Idolatry in the Temple.
Then he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing – the utterly detestable things the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary.” Ezekiel. 8:6.
I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and detestable animals and all the idols of the house of Israel. 6:10.
B. Bloodshed and injustice.
“The sin of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice.” Eze.9:9.
C. Sin of the leaders.
“You have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.” Eze. 11:12.
D. False prophets.
“Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirits..” Eze.13:3.
Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. 13:6.
God’s hand will be against such prophets. Eze.13:9.
E. God’s judgment inescapable.
“If a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its men and their animals” Eze.14:13.
“If I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath upon it through bloodshed, killing its men and their animals.” Eze. 14:19.
F. Unfaithfulness of the people.
In Eze.16:1-14, God is reminding Israel what He has done for them. From a wretched and abandoned condition, God adopted them and blessed them. But they forget His love and engaged in prostitution.
But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. Eze.16:15.
You made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them. Eze. 16:17.
You engaged in prostitution with the Egyptians.. 16:26. …with the Assyrians. 16:28.
You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband. 16:32.
God will punish them for their sins. Eze.16:35-63. Please open the book of Ezekiel, read and study more.
G. What is God demanding?
REPENT! TURN from your idols and RENOUNCE all your detestable practices.
What is the condition today?
Many countries which were deeply Christian , abandoned their Christian faith and went after the world. People stopped reading and practicing Bible. Churches closing down and sold to or for…Lost Biblical moral values, doing anything and everything, many don’t believe in marriages, same sex marriage is acceptable , abortion is rampant, divorce rates are increasing. Majority are worshipping the gods of money, name ,fame and luxury. Churches are becoming more nominal, materialistic..
Are we following God’s decrees? Are we conforming to the standards of the people around us?
Are we faithful to the Lord in all areas of our life?
What are the detestable practices in our life? Are there any idols in our life? Are we willing to repent and turn to God?
False Prophets denounced Ex 13
Lord rebukes the false prophets who deceive people with visions that they claim to have seen. Ezekiel denounces the prophets of Israel who are prophesying out of their own imaginations. vs 2. Destruction is certain for such false prophets vs17. Their words donot come from God but from their minds and imaginations.
Old Testament gives 3 tests to determine a true prophet of God.
1) Dt 18:22 If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction doesnot happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message.
2)If a prophet speaks words that accompany signs and wonders but encourages idolatry, and contradicts Gods commandment, or Gods word that prophet is false and cannot be trusted.Dt 13:1_3
3)Prophets themselves must live holy lives Jer 23;14
Beware of false prophets, Jesus calls them Ferocious wolves Matt 7:15