During this portion of scripture, God is exacting judgement on His people. There is a lot of talk about what exactly will happen, resulting in only one third surviving, but scattered.

Further reading shows us why God is so angry at His creation. Really, as many times as I have read the Old Testament, the whole “God loves Israel, Israel turns from God, God tells them to repent, Israel repents, God forgives Israel, God loves, Israel, Israel turns away…” cycle,  I didn’t see this before.

God’s really mad because they are using the things He set up as the backdrop for their sins. Israel doesn’t just turn from God, Israel thumbs it’s nose at God.

Here’s just one example: Ezekiel 8:14Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

Here, the women of Israel, their God-purposed existence to show honor toward the One who created them, to bear His very image, sit and perform a ritual to honor the goddess of love and her mythical lover in the temple built to worship Yahweh.

There is way more to the ritual than just weeping and thankfully, Ezekiel spares us from it, but his contemporaries would have known to what he was referring. It’s not just sin, it’s not just turning away, it’s complete dishonor.

Shameful. Vile. Calculated. God calls this an abomination.

Though these times in history are dark and bleak, it is a comfort to know that, just like spring follows the winter, these dark days will be bright once more, in a few hundred years…