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In today’s world, we are experiencing unprecedented convenience through advanced technology like internet, smartphone, tablet, cloud, etc. For those tech-savvy people, they can access any information anywhere with a few clicks of the mouse or swipes of the finger. Things shown in futuristic movies 20 years ago are becoming real-life commodities. But in the meantime, people are quickly losing their precious privacy through the same technology. Almost anyone could have his identity stolen in a few seconds, or almost anyone could be monitored by someone else at any moment without knowing it. It’s scary if you think about it.
Today’s OT reading shows a different kind of privacy. The LORD took Ezekiel to the entrance of the court, and he saw a hole in the wall (Ezek 8:7). After digging into the wall and entering a doorway, he saw the detestable things happening beyond the walls. The 70 elders of Israel were secretly worshiping all kinds of idols and animals (8:10-11). “The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land” (8:12). They naively thought that, as long as they were behind a closed door, they could do anything they wanted. “The LORD does not see us”. In today’s world, it does not even take an omnipresent God to penetrate such feeble privacy.
This reminds me about something we read not long ago about the Recabites (Jer 35). Even with the door closed and with only their own people around, they refused to break the commandment their ancestor left behind about not drinking wine (Jer 35:6). God did not forbid his people to drink wine except for the Nazirites (Nu 6:3), and even Jesus changed water into wine. But the integrity Recabites showed, especially in contrast with the 70 elders of Israel, is remarkable, admirable, and perhaps… heart-piercing?!
The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, we have in some sense given up our privacy before the world. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Eph 5:8). We can no longer hide behind the wall and worship (meaning to follow) anything other than the living God. If today’s reading convicts you, then praise the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit in you. Be encouraged by such feeling, for this is a great sign that he shall finish the work in you until the day of Christ Jesus. Amen.
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