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Can you believe we are at the end of our journey in Ezekiel!!!!!! PHEW!!!!
We end Ezekiel with more details of the Temple. I wish I understood it all but what I do know is that God thought it most important for HIS children too know about this Temple…..the one that now resides in us….the one in the end times….the one In the New Jerusalem…the one in Heaven. Pretty awesome when you think about it in reference to the big picture….the eternal picture……right? When we look at it from the Temple that resides in us as well as the Temple for all eternity it is easy to see that Ezekiel’s temple is both figurative and literal.
Scholars of the Bible support both the literal and figurative Temple. The Temple is called the “millennial temple”. Although the reading speaks of sacrifices at the Temple, I PERSONALLY wonder if these sacrifices are more of the heart since JESUS made the FINAL ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR US AND BORE ALLLLLL OUR SIN ON THAT CROSS FOR US. I know when i give up things for The Lord …. It is not often easy to do and at times when I have to and choose to give things up as a sacrifice…I feel as if I am bleeding while it is happening…laying things at the cross is not always easy or without pain but I know when I choose to listen to the Holy Spirit, the end result is often an even deeper relationship with Him. God is to live in this temple FOREVER, so could it be a unified Temple of all the hearts where the Holy Spirit now dwells? I don’t know so I’ll have to wait and see. And the fact that I don’t know is a reminder to me of how BIG our God is…..how BIG HIS LOVE, HIS GRACE, AND MERCY and so much more are about HIM. We get a small preview of things to come…but isn’t that small preview worth seeing, praising HIM for, and resting in WHO HE IS knowing that if He gives us this small glimpse….we can rest in knowing HE MADE ALL THESE PLANS FROM THE BEGINNING JUST FOR ME AND YOU!!!
The water that flows from the Temple, some refer to as “the water of life” and others refer to it as the “river of life”. We saw this life giving water…healing water…mentioned in Genesis in the Garden of Eden. We see it here in Ezekiel. And we will see it again in Revelation 22:1-2, in Zechariah, and in Joel. Water in God’s economy is a common symbol of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Stream of Life that makes all things good grow…..in this life and for all eternity!!!!!
Our God is so Big and so Deep that we truly cannot fathom All He WIll Be In Heaven.
Jesus declared: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
In the New Jerusalem there will be no Temple Worship……just worship from our Spirit to HIS SPIRIT. So maybe this life is training us for the time when we will be in praise and worship with HIM for all eternity!
Did you notice the name of the Temple —- THE LORD IS THERE. WOW!!!!
Regardless what your circumstances are in your life right now, allow today’s reading to remind you of how BIG and DEEP our God is……how much HE LOVES YOU AND ME…..and the fact that we may not understand things going on in our personal life, national or global circumstances…GOD HAS A PLAN…a marvelous plan that includes ALL who have chosen Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And if you have not made that choice…it is no accident you are reading this…click on the “WHAT IF” tab on the top of this page. God’s plan is for everyone…but you must choose HIM…HE HAS BEEN KNOCKING ON THE DOOR OF YOUR HEART.
Sharing HIS love,