5 So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance.
This image saddens me—to disappoint my LORD by worshipping anything but Him – after all, He is not jealous OF me, but FOR me— I am grateful for the opportunity to experience both sadness and fear/reverence
6 Furthermore He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary?
Psalm 73:28 tells me that the nearness of God is my good, therefore,
why would I want Him to go far away from me?
12: In the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.’”
AND CHECK THIS OUT: VERSE 17, Indeed they put the branch to their nose. Basically, thumbing our nose at God
9 Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand.” 2 And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
3: And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; 4 and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”
If you have been sealed with His mark, OH BE GLAD, eXCEEDINGLY GLAD – for I know all about the counterfeit mark and want never to have that on my forehead
HEBREWS 13 5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
All of us Believers, we have our “camp,” where we needed to go forth to Him and outside our particular camp. For those who are Jewish Believers, most of the Jewish community accuses us of being outside their camp. Being accepted by the One who has promised to never leave us or forsake us, suffering outside the gate, is opportunity to be near our Lovely