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The second vision of Ezekiel is intriguing. God showed Ezekiel the detestable things people were doing behind closed door (8:10-12), and he also called an angel to put a mark on the foreheads of those belonged to him (9:4). All are to prepare for the main theme of this particular vision, which is the departure of God’s glory from his temple in Jerusalem. I observe a few things in this departure.
First, it’s a slow and progressive process. God’s glory first moved from the inner sanctuary to the threshold of the temple (10:4). Then, the glory moved to the entrance of the east gate of the temple. After revealing the men who was plotting evil and giving wicked advice in Jerusalem (11:2), the glory of God rose from the city and moved to the mountain east of the city (11:23). Eventually, the whole vision went up into the sky (11:24). The progressiveness of this departure shows me how reluctant God was to leave his people. He could have just risen from the temple into the sky, but he didn’t. Instead, he slowly moved to the mountain, almost like a father leaving his children with a broken heart. That’s how much God loved his people.
Second, during this slow departure process, God revealed to Ezekiel the sins and wicked behaviors of the people of Israel against God every step along the way. God was furious against them, but his fury was accumulated after hundreds of years of idol worshiping and rebellious behavior. God was indeed slow to anger, and he wanted Ezekiel to see that. Many things people do we don’t see, but God see them all.
Finally, even with wrath and punishments, God still left them with an assured hope. Although he scattered the people among the nations, he would still be their sanctuary in those foreign countries (11:16). After the period of purification was finished, God shall bring them back to their homeland (11:17) and he shall renew the covenant with them by giving them a new heart and a new spirit (11:19). “They will be my people, and I will be their God” (11:20). With God, there is always hope.
This departure of God’s glory enlightens us with the deep love God has for his people, and it points us to the glorious hope people of God shall always have. Let his intriguing vision of Ezekiel lead us into deeper worship to the life-giving God. Amen.
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