Ezekiel 8:12
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12  Again He spoke to me, “O mortal, have you seen what the elders of the House of Yisrael are doing in the darkness, everyone in his image-covered chamber? For they say, ‘Hashem does not see us; Hashem has abandoned the country.’”

va-YO-mer ay-LAI ha-ra-EE-ta ven a-DAM a-SHER zik-NAY vayt yis-ra-AYL o-SEEM ba-KHO-shekh EESH b’-khad-RAY mas-kee-TO KEE o-m’-REEM AYN a-do-NAI ro-EH o-TA-nu a-ZAV a-do-NAI et ha-A-retz

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי הֲרָאִיתָ בֶן־אָדָם אֲשֶׁר זִקְנֵי בֵית־יִשְׂרָאֵל עֹשִׂים בַּחֹשֶׁךְ אִישׁ בְּחַדְרֵי מַשְׂכִּיתוֹ כִּי אֹמְרִים אֵין יְהֹוָה רֹאֶה אֹתָנוּ עָזַב יְהֹוָה אֶת־הָאָרֶץ׃

8:12   Have you seen what the elders of the House of Yisrael are doing

To explain the upcoming destruction of Yerushalayim, Yechezkel is shown a scene of the city’s elders secretly practicing idolatry within the confines of the Temple. Though they hide their abominations from the public, they do not hesitate to engage in this repugnant behavior. They see the upcoming downfall of Yehuda and Yerushalayim, but instead of concluding that repentance is needed, the corrupt elders choose to believe that God has rejected His people and “abandoned the country,” which leads them to forsake Hashem and engage in idolatry.

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  • This is such a sad scene. Instead of repenting they saugh other gods, (demons). How I pray for America as we need to repent no matter how corrupt the government and the church is. My heart breaks at what happened to Israel and the long captivity. We need to look to Isreal now as an example of how they are returning to HaShem, how beautiful their land has become and how beautiful it will be when Messiah returns.

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Ezekiel 8:12

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