“Then He said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in Mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” Ezekiel 8:17-18 (KJV)
The anger of God concerning the sins of humanity is not a popular topic. We are more aspiring toward the “Love of God”. The love of God is awesome; however, without the anger and wrath of God toward sin His love would be a moot issue.
Ezekiel the prophet of the above verses had been taken, by vision, to Jerusalem to witness the atrocities of the temple previously to their captivity. They were atrocious sins against God and the temple. Now, though I do believe the prophet already had some understanding of their captivity, Ezekiel had a fuller understanding. The priests and the prophets and the people had “Thumbed their nose” at God, His Word, and the prophets who spoke God’s truths.
What do I want for Christmas today?
I want to never have contempt in my heart, mind or being for God, His Word, His preachers who declare the Word of the LORD, or His people; I want to always declare the truth of God’s Word even when it is not popular to do so; I want to preach and teach the Word of God so that God is glorified, and the cross of Jesus – His death, burial and resurrection is declared, and people know the price God has paid to redeem fallen humans from our sins.