Read Ezekiel 10
Focus on verse 18-19
I have always found it interesting exploring abandoned houses. I did much more of this when I was younger for a number of reasons. When I was a child I seemed to have more time as well as opportunity for this sort of thing. Additionally, in our present age of lawsuits and liability, it is more difficult to find the kind of abandoned yards that seemed to be a little more common in the area where I grew up years ago. I still like to photograph old buildings when I get the opportunity. I can’t help but wonder what kind of stories some of these old homes would tell if the walls could talk. They always look lonely and sad to me, and I like to try to imagine what they were like when they were new and occupied.
In today’s reading Ezekiel describes the part of his vision in which the God departs from the holy place in the temple and prepares to remove his presence from the city of Jerusalem. When God has left the house – the house is truly empty. In this case all that remains is the dead bodies of the seventy elders who were committing all kinds of atrocities within the temple.
It is a solemn scene, a sad scene, for the people who remain now have little hope. Only those who have been marked with God’s mark will survive. When it is all over the temple will be in ruins and the city will be a ghost town. Emptied of its people and its treasures. Like an abandoned farmhouse, Jerusalem will be the home of jackals and scavengers seeking to devour the slain who lie in the streets.
This is what remains when humanity rejects God. It is not a happy scene – much like an old abandoned farmyard where only memories remain.