Read Ezekiel 22:23-31
Those who should have been a faithful witness for Jehovah turned to be a mockery that their heathen neighbors looked on with amazement and ridiculed them for being the chosen people of the Lord. Four groups are charged by Ezekiel:
I. THE PRINCES – LEADERS VERSES 6-12.
The princes of the Lord, who should have led the people in devotion to the Lord, were the chief sinners. Instead of reverently regarding the Holy things of the Lord, they despised His sacrifices and profane His Sabbath. They lived for material prosperity – sound familiar?
In verse 7, they are guilty of disobeying parents, oppression and extortion.
In verse 8, they profaned the Sabbath.
In verse 9, the worst kind of immorality.
God is ready to ask the question, “DOES ANYBODY REALLY CARE?”
In verse 12, they were unmindful of God because they had forgotten Him.
In verses 13-16, God gives the penalty to the dishonest princes.
How could God do anything else than express His wrath. Look again at verse 14, they are still scattered.
Eventually as a result of their suffering a remnant will face their sin, confess their iniquities and look upon Him whom they have pierced. Until that day they will remain among the nations as dross rather than dear precious treasure they once were in the eyes of the Lord.
In verses 17-22 Jerusalem as dross has no value.
II. NOT ONLY THE PRINCES, BUT THE SECOND GROUP HE ADDRESSES ARE THE PROPHETS – LIARS VERSES 25, 28.
The prophets were in with the princes, just as corrupt.
A. They made themselves masters over the poor and needy.
B. “ their inheritance.
C. They were deceivers and devourers – man pleasers