“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
Sodom, the famous city of old. We view it as a deep, dark, sinful abyss that we want nothing to do with. Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities that God destroyed because of their great iniquity. We tend to think that the sins of Sodom could never be seen in us. “I would never go that far”, says the fool. What was the sin of Sodom? Of course, we hear about sodomy, the sin of unnatural affection between two men, or two women. Sodomy may have been one of the surface sins, but here the prophet Ezekiel tells Israel what the base or root sins were, namely, “…pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness…”. We know from Proverbs chapter 6 that a proud look is something God hates. Yes, pride is sin! Pride is simply when you think to much of yourself. We see also that fulness of bread was part of the problem. They were full and wanted nothing. No needs! No need for God! No need for each other! Lastly, they were abundantly idle. Doing nothing. No vision! The mixture of these three sins, in addition to the disregard for the poor, was the fatal potion for the fiery destruction of Sodom. Do these sins sound familiar? Yes! We see them in our nation, but first fix your own heart, then fix your own home. How can you hope rescue others if you are still drowning in sin?