Sinning in Secret

            When I was a kid, I really liked watching wrestling. I do not really know why, but I did and my parents told me that I was not supposed to watch wrestling. Well, there was a television in my room and I was pretty quick at changing channels, so I watched wrestling. I always did it with my doors shut so no one would be able to catch me. I knew that I was too young to watch it, but I was determined to watch it because I wanted to do it.  Watching wrestling in secret was not right for me to do. My parents told me not to do it, but I wanted to fit in with some of the kids at school who did watch it, so I did it in secret.

            In Ezekiel 8 we join Ezekiel on a vision journey back to Jerusalem where he visits Jerusalem. Starting in verse 7, Ezekiel stumbles upon what some of the elders were doing. He goes into this secret passage and sees them worshipping some of the gods of Egypt. In verse 12, they say “The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land.” The first thing that should be pointed out is that they believed that God did not see them. God sees everything. He is not a local god, but he is omniscient, he knows everything. They also said that the Lord had forsaken the land, but they were the ones who turned to idolatry almost immediately after Josiah rededicated the Temple.

            If you have to do something in secret, you probably can figure out that it is the wrong thing to do. God can see all. No matter what we do, our sins will eventually find us out. The elders of Israel thought that their worship of idols was not going to be found out, but it ultimately led to them and the rest of Jerusalem being destroyed and judged by God. Do not try and get away with sin, find a way to get out of it.

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