1 the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought.
2. Linguistics. the merging of different inflectional varieties of a word during the development of a language.
Ezekiel 7 proclaims the Day of the Lord as we have just begun to discuss in Zephaniah. We noticed that the earth > Judah > the nobles have become chaotic and, therefore, produce chaos. Ezekiel 8 gives us a private look into the chaos; into the syncretism:
“[He] brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the gateway of the inner court where was the seat of the image of jealousy…” (Ezek 8:3)
“Son of man, do you see what they are doing,
the great abominations that the house of Israel are committing
to drive me far from my sanctuary?
But you will see greater abominations.”
He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, there was a hole in the wall. 8:7
the vile abominations
that they are committing
So I went and saw.
And there engraved on the wall all around, was every form of creeping things and loathsome beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel. And before them stood seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel…8:10-11
“Son of man, have you seen what
of the house of Israel
in the dark,
each in his room of pictures?
For they say,
‘The Lord does not see us.
the Lord has forsaken the land.’”
“You will see greater abominations
that they commit.”
Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord,
and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz (see attachment). 8:14
“Have you seen this,
O son of man?
You will see greater abominations
And he brought me to the inner court of the house of the Lord.
And behold, at the entrance of the temple of the Lord,
between the porch and the altar,
were about twenty five men, with their backs to the temple of the Lord,
and their faces toward the east, worshiping the sun toward the east. (8:16)
“Have you see this,
O son of man?
Is it too light s thing for the the house of Judah
to commit the abominations that they commit
that they should fill the land with
and provoke me still further
“…do you not know that your body
is a temple
of the Holy Spirit,
whom you have
1 Cor 6:19
What if the Lord, today, should take a prophet from somewhere in the world, a prophet unknown to mankind or the Church, and by a lock of his hair and in visions of God brought him to you, a temple of the the Living God,
into your the inner courts of you mind;
to the hidden dark rooms of your heart;
would the Lord say of you,
“O, Son of man,
can you believe your eyes?”
Syncretism provokes God to anger.
Is not his wrath just?