- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 8
The temple visions. (1)
Chapter 8-11 describes the vision about temple. A specific date of vision is mentioned, “in the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day,” (v.1), was approximately on September 17, 592 BC.
Ezekiel saw the vision of idolatry in the temple, which is detestable to God. The gateway to the inner court was the third gate leading north from the palace complex into the temple precincts.
“idol of jealousy,” or the image of jealousy,” indicates that they violate the covenant by disobeying the first two Commandments, “You shall have no other gods before me,” “you shall not make for yourself an idol.”
Ezekiel goes in visionary experience into the scene and dark chamber, and the wall drawing with idol images. Seventy elders reflect totality of the ruling elders of Israel. They did detestable things to God.
“Tammuz,” was a deity, the Sumero-Accadian vegetation god whose concern was death and departure to the underworld. Weeping was a ritual of lamentation over this god’s departure. The people of Israel practiced this ritual that provoked anger of God.
Twenty-five men, facing away from the altar and bowing down to the sun in the east signify their rejection of God. This reflects Egyptian worship of the sun-god, a cult rite. “putting the branch to their nose,” may be an insulting gesture of rejecting God, which provokes God to anger. And God’s patience runs out.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?