The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), August 17
There are no real secrets. Nothing is hidden from God. What goes on behind closed doors is open to the eyes of God. He sees. He knows. He exposes. And He judges—”And there is no creature is hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give and account” (Heb. 4:13).
God gives his prophet, Ezekiel, a peek into what He sees going on inside the temple in Jerusalem. It isn’t pretty: “So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall. Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, dig into the wall’; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door. And He said to me, ‘Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing here” (Ez. 8:7-9).
Ezekiel’s “vision trip” begins at the north gate, where the Spirit shows him the idol of jealousy. Then the Spirit takes Ezekiel to the entrance of the court, where he instructs Ezekiel to dig into the wall and locate a doorway. Through that doorway Ezekiel sees the seventy elders lighting incense to their various gods “in the darkness” (or so they think).
Next the Spirit takes Ezekiel to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the LORD. There he sees women weeping before a fertility god. Finally, the Spirit brings him into the inner court of the house of the Lord and shows him twenty-five men worshipping the sun.
The LORD promised Solomon, after he had built and dedicated the temple, that if he and his sons “all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight. Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples” (1 Kings 9:6-7). Several hundred years have passed, and Israel is doing the very thing they declared they wouldn’t do—worshipping idols in the temple of the LORD.
This scene teaches us that, though we hide our “stuff” behind the closed doors of secrecy and away from the prying eyes of others, there are no secrets hidden from God. He sees and He knows. He exposes and He judges, sooner or later. Judgement is no longer later for Israel. It has arrived.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Ez. 5:1-9:11):
What does God use the visual of cutting hair to teach Israel?
The LORD allows Ezekiel to see in a vision the abominations committed by those in Jerusalem and the departure of God’s glory from the temple. Describe the scene at Jerusalem’s temple. What does this vision reveal about God? About human nature?
How does Ezekiel respond to what he sees taking place in Jerusalem? What does this reveal about those whom God brings into His confidence?