“And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall”. Ezekiel 8:7.
We are often faced with a predicament of consistency. Sometimes, “the man in the church pew and the man in the street” are two different men. You’d hardly recognize them. The man in the pew is gentle and kind and loving and true and says nice words, in the full eye of all the people. As soon as that man leaves the church door and hits the streets, his talk and slang change, even his gait changes as he bounces along the sideway; his faces contorts into different looks, and the man of the pew has now become the man in the pub. God forbids that any of the other brothers in the pew, happen to meet him.
Ezekiel the prophet faced the same problem. In vision, he was taken to the door of the temple, where God dwelled. Here he saw the elders and the priests ministering to the people with incense and admonitions. In the same temple complex, a high wall separated the worship center from the apartments in which the priests and leaders lived occasionally. There was “a hole in the wall”, probably there through the course of time, and untended by some temple janitor, and that hole had gotten bigger, so that a man could peer through it. Ezekiel peers and is aghast—there he saw the priests with all types of drawings on the wall of their apartments, worshiping idols. The same priests who ministered in the temple in public were worshiping their idols in private, harboring their secret sin, or so they thought.
The man in the pew is not always the man in the street. The man in the street, often lets his real hair down and may not always be in the pew, until he gets back to the church. What a somber thought to each of us to keep our minds clear to dwell on God’s Word. “Create in me a clean heart God and renew your spirit within me”, because “the heart of man, above all things is deceitfully and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”. So then, “keep that heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life for the Lord looks not on the outward appearance, but on the heart, so I share, “thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee”. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”.
May the man in the pew walk out in the street with confidence and grace, taking the message of the pew consistently to the street, then there will be no more holes in the wall, for every crooked path will then be made straight. Let us give God glory today. https://youtu.be/C6WexG9uAJI