While preparing for a Sunday School lesson my thoughts return to the distant land where I hear my friend advise, “Be cautious how you judge what you see and hear while in this country. Journal what you see and reflect on it a lot.”
The lesson I share is from Ezekiel’s visions, and it pertains to idolatry.
If an idol will be that which takes its place where only God is allowed to reign, such as those adorning the walls of the Temple in Ezekiel’s vision, then a whole host of considerations must be made.
An idol might be something as simple as that which we place a false sense of security in its provision or protection, or a place or an event, even maybe the thing we find an unhealthy degree of pleasure or entertainment in. There really are no ends to what we can make idols of.
The people in the distant land are entrusted to idols unlike those the west falls prey to, theirs resembling more those of Ezekiel’s contemporaries, but I cannot look at this lesson nor the memories of our travels without encountering a couple thoughts.
1. I daily contend with my own idols; they are very real. They are as real as those Ezekiel saw haunting the walls of the Temple and equally as real as those in the distant land.
I ask the class to consider a thought of their own. What will become of your faith if tomorrow you awaken to a total loss of everything you hold dear to physically and materially? The answer to that question will unveil some realities we may find we do not want to face.
The vision of Ezekiel continues though, departing along with God from a view inside the Temple of Jerusalem to the temple where a Heavenly Father promises to dwell; within the hearts of His people. The lesson asks another question of us. If Ezekiel was privileged to have a hole opened up into the temple of our hearts, what would he report now? Ezekiel 8-14