Ezekiel 8: Done in Secret
I know that we talk a lot about God being omniscient, but we don’t really live like that. We are kind of like the people in Ezekiel 8 who think that they can worship idols in secret and avoid the attention of God.
Eze 8:9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
Eze 8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.
Eze 8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
Eze 8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.
This stood out to me because it was a very clear vision. It wasn’t as if God said that there are some people among you who are doing bad things. Ezekiel was able to see the people and even name names. That points out to me that first of all God is able to see everything. After all, how could He communicate specifics to Ezekiel if He didn’t know them first?
I think that we can forget that. These were obviously elders in the community of Judah, and you would think that they would know best of all. You would think that they would be the ones who would stick to the teaching of God, but this is clearly a case where they didn’t. It seems as if they simply did not understand or remember the idea that God cares just as much about what we do in secret as what we do in public. He looks at our hearts.
This is a challenge for us. We can hide a lot from everyone else around us, but ultimately we cannot hide from God. Nevertheless, we can rest on the promise that He is faithful to forgive us if we confess our sins honestly to Him. It can be hard to want to own up and confess, but it releases the burden, and that is definitely a good thing.