In a vision the prophet Ezekiel saw the temple of the Jewish people in Jerusalem. He was shocked to see on its walls paintings or sculptures of unclean animals that God’s people were not supposed to eat (Leviticus 11:1-19).

But even more shocking were the representation of pagan gods that adorned it walls. This was God’s way of showing the prophet that His people were guilty of breaking the first of the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

Pagan temples of the ancient world were decorated with images of false gods. God’s people had adopted the pagan worship practices of the surrounding nations. They were marked for God’s judgment unless they were marked for God’s judgment unless they turned back to Him.

EZEKIEL 8:10 – So I [Ezekiel] went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping [crawling, NIV] things, and abominable [detestable, NIV] beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.

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