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  • Ezekiel 23:1-49

Let’s talk idolatry for a moment. I know, I know, it is the topic burning on your lips and what you have waited to discuss all year. No? Yeah, I get it. It is uncomfortable to think we may be idolators. We read the story of Oholah and Oholibah and we judge. We don’t want to be like them, but secretly, we know we too have turned away from God. We know we have trusted our own minds and followed our own desires rather than relying on Him. We have sought our own ends using our desired means. We leave Him behind…but surely that isn’t as bad as Oholah and Ohoibah, is it?

“Moreover, this they have done to Me: they have defiled my sanctuary on the same day and profaned my Sabbaths.” –Ezekial 23:38, ESV

“Moreover…” So, not only all of the adultery, the lewdness, and the indelicately phrased “whoring” as the ESV puts it, but in addition, as if He was just working up to the worst of it all, God ends it all with profaning the Sabbath. This is the one that we so easily overlook. We work through the weekend, prioritizing to-do lists over rest. We think honoring the Sabbath is not that big of a deal. But in all the lists of all the sins of the people, God leaves this one for the “moreover” section…the section reserved for highlighting the worst.

Ignoring the Sabbath is arrogance. It is reliance on self. It is belief that our own work is more important that what God has commanded. Profaning the Sabbath is more than just working an extra day. It is a bold statement that what God provided for you in six days was not enough. You needed more. Profaning to Sabbath says our work, whatever that work is, is more important than God’s plan.

In honoring the Sabbath, we may just find a renewed spirit that glorifies the God of the Sabbath.

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