Ezekiel 22:26 ” Her priests do violence to My Law and profane My holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.”

The priests were using their revered positions to enhance their own power and wealth by oppressing the poor and showing biased partiality in matters of the Law, (especially if their palms were crossed with gold first). They had been called to be Messengers of the Lord, but they had turned from the Way and by their false teaching had caused many to stumble. (Malachi 2:7-9) This was evident in their allowing clean and unclean things to co-mingle as well as turning a blind eye to activities being done by the people on the Sabbath. This defilement of the Sabbath…the covenantal sign of God’s authority… was set apart to be a time of rest, reflection, and refreshment, but it had become like any other day.

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