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Vol.  10  No. 12 December 2008  Page 3                    powered by FreeFind

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Wisdom's Corner
I Will Turn My Face from Them

By Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorter

In Ezekiel 7:22, we read, “My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place; for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.”

God, through Ezekiel, is telling of his condemnation of Judah. He states that he is going to allow strangers (non-Israelites) to enter the Temple and pollute it. He will do this because the Israelites have become so wicked. In verse twenty, we learn that they had made horrible idols in the Temple. They were worshipping these idols. In 8:10, Ezekiel, in a vision, sees these terrible idols and sees the leaders of the people worshipping them.

In 8:16, Ezekiel sees leaders of the people standing in the Temple looking east. They were worshipping the sun. The sun rises in the east. Therefore, many sun worshippers worship while looking east.

God always pictured Himself as being in the west. In the Tabernacle that He had Moses build, the Holy of Holies was on the west end of the Tabernacle. The gates to enter the Tabernacle compound, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies were on the east side. The gate to the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve were sent out after their sin was on the east. The picture is that to look back to God they would look west.

To worship the sun in the Temple required one to turn his back on God. This is exactly what we read in Ezekiel 8:16, “...with their backs toward the temple of the Lord...” Since the people had turned their back on God, He would also turn his back on them. In the verse from Chapter Seven, God is turning His back. Not only was He turning His back on the people of Judah to allow strangers to enter the Temple, but He was turning His back from the strangers while they defiled the Temple. This meant that He would allow them to do something that usually brought death. However, since the people of Israel had already defiled the Temple and turned their backs on Him, He would allow the strangers to do this.

Live obediently to God. I know you do not want God to turn His back on you. However, if you do not live according to His laws given in the Bible, He will turn His back on you. Keep studying your Bible. If any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

I Will Not Accept Them

By Mark McWhorter

Some religious people think that it does not matter what they do in their lives or how they act. They think that they can do whatever they want as long as they go to worship on Sunday. They think that if they spend an hour or two per week going through the motions of worshipping God that He is satisfied. They do not think that God cares about how they worship Him either.

However, God does care about how He is worshipped. He does care about how people act when they are not worshipping Him.

In Amos 6:21-23, the prophet Amos tells the people of the Northern Kingdom that God is disgusted with their worship. God says He will not smell or take delight in their assemblies. He will not accept their sacrifices and offerings.

The Israelites had become wicked. They did all sorts of evil things during the week. They were dishonest. They cared more about money than they did ethics. They were immoral. They hated having to go to worship, but they were worshipping.

Yet, God is not interested in just seeing man go through the motions of worshipping Him. God is interested in man’s heart. God expects man to be interested in worshipping Him. He expects to be worshipped right, both in the truth of the worship and in the right emotions of worship.

Do not be like the Northern Kingdom. Do not have God say to you, “I Will Not Accept Them.” Study your Bible. Learn God’s will. Then, obey Him and worship Him. If any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

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