Defiling the Temple
Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 4-7; Revelation 3
Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 5:8-17
One of the great things about the Bible is that we are able to see the mistakes people have made throughout history. Hopefully, we are able to learn from these mistakes and avoid repeating them. For the last several weeks, we have been reading through the prophecy sections of the Old Testament. It seems like every day, a prophet is denouncing the Jewish people for their sins against God, and today is no different. In today’s key passage, Ezekiel is speaking out against the people of Jerusalem for their sins, and he focuses on one sin in particular. The people of Judah were defiling God’s temple by using it to worship other gods.
Before I move on, please understand that God does not really categorize sins. In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as a “bad” sin or an “acceptable” sin. In his eyes, all sin is despicable. With that in mind, I think we can all agree that defiling God’s temple is a pretty bad sin, at least in human terms. At first glance, it would be like one of us walking into a church today, burning a Bible or a cross, and worshiping some other god. For most of us, that sounds unthinkable, so our initial impression might be that this particular sin is one that does not really apply to us. Unfortunately, if we believe that, we are wrong.
The truth is that all of us have defiled God’s temple. Jerusalem’s sin, which seems so bad to us today, is one that each one of us has committed. In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, we read, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” Every time one of us has sin in our hearts, we are in essence defiling God’s temple. Sadly, most of us commit this atrocity against God daily. Of course, this is why the Gospel is such good news to us. Even though we defile God’s temple when we sin, He still loves us. Even though we commit what sounds like an unthinkable sin, He still forgives us. He does this not because of anything we have done, but because of His grace if we have faith in His Son Jesus Christ, who took the punishment for our sins on the cross. The next time you feel the temptation to sin, think about that sacrifice and think about the fact that giving into that temptation will defile the temple of God. Then ask God to give you the strength to overcome your temptation. With His help and His mercy, we can keep His temple pure.
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