Ezekiel 11 & 12:
He said … we said
The Israelites thought they were in charge of their own lives. They frequently decided they had a better idea of what they needed and where they would find the answers to their problems than God did!
So instead of seeking God, they followed after idols. Instead of trusting God for their provision, they pleaded with fertility gods, even participating in sexual immorality as part of their pagan worship. When God said, if you continue going this way, I’m going to allow you to go into captivity, they said, we can avoid the consequences of our actions by relying on own clever schemes. We can cover our sins instead of repenting from them, align ourselves with pagan nations when we come under attack, and only listen to the “prophets” who tell us what we want to hear.
Sound familiar? It should.
God said, marriage is a covenant and should not be broken except in the case of sexual immorality (Matt. 5.32). We said, we’ll make “no fault” divorce the law of the land.
God said, don’t have sex outside of marriage (Gal. 5.19). We said, we’ll use condoms and birth control pills and we won’t have to suffer the consequences of pregnancy and AIDS.
God said life is precious; I created it and knew you even before you were formed in your mother’s womb (Ps. 139). We said it’s not a baby and we can abort it any time we like.
God said, don’t covet (Ex. 20.17). We said, we’ve got to keep up with the Jones.
God said, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord” (Eph. 6.1). We said, “It’s my life. I can do whatever I want!”
Mankind has not changed, but neither has God; His answers are still the same—turn from evil and from going our own way, seek God and obey Him, and receive His grace and forgiveness.
But as we’ll see in our Psalms reading, sometimes we can look good in all those obvious areas, and just be a different kind of idolater. Continue reading