Monday, June 11, 2007

Verse for the Week

Then he said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations that they commit here, that they should fill the land with violence and provoke me still further to anger? ~ Ezekiel 8:17a (ESV)

The Lord has shown Ezekiel the idol worship of the people through a vision. Ezekiel has seen the leaders burning incense before the engravings of animals, women involved in the rites of an agricultural fertility god and men worshipping the sun. The people have broken covenant with their God. Then God asks him, "Is this a trivial matter?"

We might ask ourselves the same question. Is it a small thing, a light thing, a trivial thing for us to turn our hearts from God to serve other things? Where is God's place in our lives? How do we respond to his claim on us?God does not consider it insignificant to be supplanted by lesser things. It makes him mad.

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