And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.” (Ezekiel 8:17-18)
God Will Not Listen
The wrath of God is not something people want to discuss. They deny a loving God would bring punishment upon man because He is a loving, compassionate Lord who will save everyone regardless of what they do in life. Heaven will be filled with every joy man can imagine and no one is excluded. Obedience is seldom emphasized with a simple faith the only requirement necessary to make God happy. Man’s totem of the Lord is a carving of himself. He has deceived himself into believing that he can create God in his own image; instead of knowing that man was created in the image of God. Religion is filled with the love of God, the love of Jesus and the love of the Holy Spirit. There is no fear because God is love. The joys of life are found in the desires of man. Reading the Bible is not necessary because God is love.
Ezekiel saw powerful visions of the wrath of God. The hand of the Lord fell upon the prophet and the Lord shows him the degradation of the people as they defile the Temple with their worship to idols. Israel committed great abominations in the sanctuary of the Lord. They believed God did not know what they did in the inner sanctums of the Temple as they offered sacrifices to the gods of men. He knew everything they did. When they worshipped the sun toward the east, God knew. The answer of the Lord to these abominations was very clear. For man, it was a trivial thing to defile the worship of God. They cared not for the will of the Lord and did what they wanted to do. Who needs the word of the Lord to follow? Worship was what they wanted and they got what they wanted. After they got what they wanted they got what they deserved.
The Lord was filled with wrath at the arrogance of the people. Moses had plainly given the Law warning of rebellion against the word of the Lord. There were penalties established for rejecting the will of the Lord. The people did not care. They changed the word of God to fit their own needs. Worship was an abomination. The fury of the Lord was coming. The eye of the Lord will not pity those who beg for their lives and though they cry loud for mercy there will be none. Time had come for judgment and judgment would be harsh. God would not hear his people!
Ezekiel would have been at home in the religious world today. He would have seen the same visions as he surveyed the religion of Jesus Christ turned into the abomination of man’s pathetic wisdom. It continues to be a trivial thing for man to create the church of his choice and worship God in every manner that pleases man. Faith in God is watered down to a cocktail of pleasure, acceptance and entertainment leading men to the pits of destruction. The same judgment meted out by God before will find its wrath in the knowledge of how far man has gone from true worship. Many in that day will cry out for mercy before a wrathful God who will not listen. His love demands justice. The word of God has remained unchanged and unmoved but men still reject truth. Jesus died for His church and His will and His word. If man abominates the doctrine of Christ, the wrath of God is waiting. This is real. This is true. This is Bible.
The God of wrath is the God of love vindicating Himself in the death of those who will not live in love. (Gregory Vlastos, Christian Faith and Democracy, 1939)