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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Bonus Reading, Ezekiel
Idolatry in the Temple
Today's reading offers a stark condemnation of the behavior of religious leaders in the Temple. Ezekiel is given a vision of their behavior behind closed doors. The prophet sees inside the Temple, where there are statues and paintings of false gods. Before these idols, there were 70 religious elders offering prayers to the false gods. In another part of the Temple grounds, 25 people were praying to the sun. This vision is a complete denunciation of two things -- the idolatry of the people as a whole and the faithlessness of the leaders.