As I read Ezekiel 7 - 9 this morning I saw where God moves from calling Ezekiel to fulfilling it. God shows Ezekiel what He sees His people doing in private - nothing that Ezekiel knew. Then He showed Ezekiel what He was going to do about it. But before He does this, in Ezekiel 9, he marked those who were not following the crowd in worshipping false Gods.
You can tell the difference between those who worship God and those who think they are God. Those who worship God are marked - different. Their attitude and actions are directed towards God in humility and submission. For their sacrifice they enjoy the blessing of God, His love, joy, peace, hope and life.
Those who are thinking that what they do in private is private and that everything will be, "ok" as long as they worship God in public are dead wrong. These people are playing God! Not only what they do in private is a sin, but their worship of God in public is a sin. Why in the world would anybody do something like this?
Chapter 8 tells us in verse 12. "The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the land." Which leads us to be tempted with the thought, "God didn't do this for me, so I guess I'll have to." Instead of waiting on God and submitting to His will (whether we like it or not) we take matters into our own hands. Now most people don't know how this works so pay attention. In order to take matters into your own hands, you have to take them out of Gods hands first. Now you are your own god.
The resulting judgement that is prophesied, is now easy to understand. If you are going to go toe to toe and nose to nose with God, He will give you the desires of your heart. However, most people seriously underestimated Him.
Gods heart is to love you and take care of you. Don't think that you have to take matters into your own hands and chase after relationships, money, honor, self worth, positions or things. God has already promised that He will give you those things in His time. Let the person who you are in church be the same person that you are at home and in private.