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Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Ezekiel 23:36-39 (Daily Verse and Comment)

  Ezekiel 23:36-39

(36) The LORD also said to me: "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations. (37) For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons whom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them. (38) Moreover they have done this to Me: They have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and profaned My Sabbaths. (39) For after they had slain their children for their idols, on the same day they came into My sanctuary to profane it; and indeed thus they have done in the midst of My house. 
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What vile things these people were committing on God's holy Sabbath days! They worshipped idols, sacrificed their children, even burning them in the fire, and afterward, they presented themselves at the Temple services. That is horrifying! Godspecifically mentions that they did these things on the Sabbath—on His day. It shows how far idolatry will take a person, imposing its will on the actions of an individual.

We need to be very careful about this. These people were guilty of the common Israelitish sinof idolatry—syncretism, the blending of the world's way with God's way. God, of course, does not accept it as true worship. How could He? The Israelites would attend services, supposedly in honor and out of respect for the Creator God after killing their children in the fires of Molech!

In Ezekiel 20-23, where a brief overview of the relationship between God and Israel is presented, idolatry and profaning the Sabbath are specifically named nine times as the major reasons God drove Israel into captivity.

— John W. Ritenbaugh


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