The Glory departs!
Scripture reading for August 18th: Ezekiel 7-11
“In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign Lord came upon me there. I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal. He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem. . .” Ezekiel 8:1-3
Ezekiel had a “hair-raising” experience with a glowing angel. He was taken about 800 miles away to the north entrance of the temple. He was told to dig through the wall where he saw a doorway. As he entered, he saw many “wicked and detestable” things that had provoked God to jealousy and wrath. The seventy elders of Israel were worshiping idols right in the temple! (Ezekiel 8:9-12)
Ezekiel was also shown a group of women who were worshiping Tammuz, a fertility goddess and a group of men worshiping the sun. These leaders believed God had forsaken them and did not see what they were doing. Next Ezekiel saw the glory of God go up from above the cherubim and move to the threshold of the temple. (Ezekiel 9:3-7) The Lord instructed an angel with a writing kit to go through the city and mark all who grieved over the sins of the temple and city. Then all others were to be killed without pity!
Ezekiel saw the Lord order another angel to take burning coals from between the wheels beneath the cherubim and scatter them over the city. Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and moved to the east gate of the Temple and stopped there. (Ezekiel 10:18-19) God was moving out and judgment was being scattered over the city. (Ezekiel 11:13)
The last vision of God’s glory was when the cherubim escorted the glory of God to the Mt. of Olives on the East of the city. God slowly withdrew His glory from an idolatrous people who would not listen or repent! (Ezekiel 11:22-24) Check out your heart today and invite the God of Glory to fill you with His presence and light!