To Love Him

Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Physically Ezekiel here is located in Babylon being in captivity with his people somewhere along the river that is named Chebar. While in captivity he was given the special privilege of seeing the visions of God. In chapter eight of Ezekiel and verse three the hand of God lifts Ezekiel up between the heavens and the earth and takes Ezekiel to Jerusalem to show unto him four abominations that were taking place. The verse above is the last of the four abominations that God describes to him, and the most abominable of the prior three.
Notice first the location of this abomination. It was taking place in God’s very own house, the Temple of the Lord that Solomon had built for Him. There could be no greater smack in the face of God than to be committing this great abomination right in God’s own Holy place. It is bad enough to sin. But to sin in a place where God meets with His people is detestable. Notice also the persons involved. Twenty-four of the men were the priests that were the heads of the twenty-four courses of priests after the order of Aaron. And the twenty fifth man was the high priest himself. Truly wickedness reaches a new level when God’s ordained minister’s stoop so low to turn on God. Notice thirdly the position of these men. Their backs were toward the Temple of the Lord and they were facing the sun, toward the east. These men were not facing God, but the sun. They had literally turned their backs on God. Why? What good reason does man ever have in turning his back on God? God specifically designed His seat in the temple to face the west to keep men from worshipping the sun. But God’s people have been o so guilty of wanting to be like the rest of the world. Sun worship has always been a practice of the Gentiles. And what can the sun do for us? It has no ears to hear our prayers, no eyes to see our burdens, and no love for us to feel. And that is what He wants. It is what He has always wanted. To love us and for we to love Him back!
~Pastor Kaiser

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