removing what’s ours

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removing what’s ours

Ezekiel 43:6-9 (JDV)

Ezekiel 43:6 While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from the house.
Ezekiel 43:7 He said to me: “Son of Adam, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet, where I will dwell among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel and their kings will no longer defile my sacred name by their religious prostitution and by the corpses of their kings at their high places.
Ezekiel 43:8 Whenever they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they were defiling my sacred name by the repulsive acts they committed. So I destroyed them in my anger.
Ezekiel 43:9 Now let them remove their prostitution and the corpses of their kings far from me, and I will dwell among them forever.

removing what’s ours

What struck me as I read this passage is the contrast between the possessive pronouns. God is jealous because of what is his: “my throne,” “my feet,” “my sacred name,” “my threshold,” “my doorposts.”

It was replaced by what the Israelites considered theirs: their house, “their kings,” “their religious prostitution,” “the corpses of their kings,” “their high places,” “their threshold,” and “their doorposts.”

We will never have room for God in our lives unless we are willing to remove what’s ours.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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