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Summary: IDOLATRY IS NOT SOMETHING NEW.

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MODERN IDOLATRY?

OBSERVATION: EZEKIEL SPOKE GOD’S MESSAGE TO JEWISH EXILES IN BABYLON, BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM IN 586 B.C. HE ADDRESSED CHOICES MADE BY INDIVIDUALS AND NATIONS. WHETHER PERSONAL OR ON A NATIONAL LEVEL THE CHOICE MUST INCLUDE GOD’S PLANS IN THE DECISION. GOD FAVORS COURAGEOUS MEN, WOMEN AND NATIONS WHO SPEAK HIS TRUTHS!

INTERPRETATION: READ EZEKIEL 14: 2-4.

POINTS TO PONDER: GOD REVEALED TO EZEKIEL A GROUP OF ELDERS (LEADERS) WERE EXTREMELY DOUBLED MINDED. THEY PRESENTED THEMSELVES TO EZEKIEL AS THE “REAL DEAL”. THEY WERE IN FACT WORSHIPING FALSE IDOLS.

THESE LEADERS SPOKE ONLY LIES. GOD GAVE THEM NO MESSAGE TO PROCLAIM SINCE THEY WERE FALSE PROPHETS. THEIR “INSPIRATION” WAS PHONY AND CORRUPT. EZEKIEL CALLED THEM SCAVENGERS COMPARING THEM TO JACKALS (EZEK 13:4).

GOD’S PROPHET, EZEKIEL, STEPPED UP TO RENOUNCE THE FALSE TEACHERS. THESE TEACHERS WERE DETRIMENTAL TO WHAT THE WORD OF GOD TAUGHT. THESE FALSE TEACHERS WERE DOUBLE MINDED AND SUBVERSIVE. THIS DOUBLE MINDED, DOUBLE HEARTED MINDSET WAS A SNARE TO THEIR DEMISE.

GENESIS 35:1-3 AND 1 KINGS 16:31-32 SPEAKS TO IDOL WORSHIP.

APPLICATION: WHEN IDOLS FLOURISH, IDEALS PERISH (QUOTE BY H.E. LEWIS). IDOLATRY IS NOT A NEW ISSUE. TRUTH IS IN GOD’S WORD!


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