When the Lord’s sanctuary is defiled

Ezekiel Bible Background

Old Testament: Eze 5.11–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 4–6 on November 13, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Israel really had no idea what they did when they put idols in the temple. Solomon built the temple for service and worship of the one true and living God, but later generations added idols to the temple, showing that those generations equated God with idols. Therefore, He had to take action:

“Therefore, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity…”

– Ezekiel 5.11–17

He explained clearly how it was that He would diminish them, and it worked, for after He had done all that He promised, the Jews ceased worshiping idols. It is unfortunate that they had to go through terrible experiences before learning that lesson.

May we learn from their example so that we do not have to suffer before learning that we must keep worship of God pure from anything that He has not authorized.


  • How often do you assemble with the church to worship God?
  • What priority level do you give to worship of God?

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