Ezekiel 20:18-21a (JDV)
Ezekiel 20:18 ” ‘Then I said to their children in the open country, “Don’t follow the prescriptions of your fathers, defile yourselves with their idols, or keep their rules.
Ezekiel 20:19 I am Yahveh your God. Follow my prescriptions, keep my rules, and practice them.
Ezekiel 20:20 Keep my Sabbaths devoted, and they will be a sign between me and you, so you may know that I am Yahveh your God.”
Ezekiel 20:21a ” ‘But the children rebelled against me. They did not follow my prescriptions or carefully keep my rules – the person who does them will live by them. They also polluted my Sabbaths.
God was trying to get the attention of the Israelites in the open country. Instead of following him, they were following the rules of their own generation. Their own people were keeping them from entering the promised land.
The struggle to be an authentic Christian can also be marked by the same problem. Our society may encourage us to like Jesus, but not to pay much attention to what he actually said.
In order to break free from that counterfeit faith, we need to get back into the Bible and discover what Jesus actually teaches. We also need to recognize the rules of our culture which contradict those teachings.
LORD, give us the wisdom to understand what you have taught, and the courage to reject the cultural traditions that tempt us to ignore your commands.