Gene Cunningham - September 25, 2003
Israel's path to destruction was unbridled lust leading to defilement, then alienation from relationships, then creation of a vacuum in the soul, then greater perversion and glory in the past, then the lovers become judges (Eze 24:1, Eze 23:28-33). God's judgment is equal to the sin — the cup of wrath (Rev 17:1-5; Rev 18:3-8). Paul exhorts believers not to walk as unbelievers — "in the futility of their mind" - vacuum in the soul (Eph 4:17). "Having their understanding darkened" is the blackout of their soul and alienation from relationship from God (Eph 4:18, Gal 5:4), then scarring of the soul "blindness [hardening] of the heart". Ultimately you'll get to unrestrained living and self-betrayal in slavery to your chosen sin — frantic search (Eph 4:19, Jer 2:13). Hedonism is pursuit of pleasure and causes breakdown in relationships (Jam 4:1-4). Slander is equivalent to murder. Friends of the world are enemies of God (Jam 4:4). Believers are the temple of God and God will judge the temple (1Co 3:16-17). Consider the motives of your heart. Correct yourself through prayer. Confirm God's word and will.
From Series: "Ezekiel - 2002"
Ezekiel's vision of God's glory effected his life.