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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,
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As you read today’s reading reading KNOW that God NEVER changes. HIS Word NEVER changes!! HIS character never changes!! HIS truth NEVER changes. HIS Holiness NEVER changes. In Chapter 44:9 we are told: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the you?” Yes we live on this side of the cross BUT this Word is STILL true today. HOW you ask? Unbelievers will not be allowed to enter THE TEMPLE of God.
This chapter continues about our approach to the Lord. And if you have been reading since the beginning of the blog you know we have read all this before in Exodus and Leviticus. So what does this really mean for us? Once Jesus came, God made it clear that Jesus did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17.) In both the old and new testament we are told over and over to write God’s laws upon our hearts (Hebrews 8:10 and Jeremiah 31:33.) The law could NEVER SAVE us or get us into heaven. We are no longer under the law but under grace but the laws can still give us guidelines in how to live….not as a score card.
God does not want us to be people of rituals, laws, driven by guilt, or keeping a chart of either the rituals we perform or the things we do for HIM!! HE wants us to love him with all our hearts, obey HIM with all our hearts, and do the things HE places on our hearts in HIS strength. He desires that we be cheerful givers. Interestingly in this chapter we read about the priests not wearing clothing they can perspire in. WHAT did that have to do with anything? I read a commentary that was most interesting on this. The commentary said that God does not want his people perspiring to do works or rituals. Apparently the perspiration in this scripture is an indication we are working in our own strength rather than in God’s strength….that really touched me!! NO..it is not talking about perspiring because of doing something God wants you to do outside in the middle of summer. Have you ever been in a position where you had to force things to happen and once they happened you realized it still didn’t turn out right or work the way you thought it would? So are we really allowing God to lead our lives? What are we thinking we we approach The Lord of All, the God of the Universe? Are your prayers more self centered or are they filled with praise, worship, requests for God’s will, and how you may bless others. Are you a cheerful giver or do you do it to either get a desired result from God or do it grudgingly? Oh man….so much to think about right? However, God is truly concerned with our hearts…what is written on them….what we pray for…what we think about…the reason we do things?
Romans 12:1-2 tells us we are not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the Word (the Love, the Truth) of God…transformed more in HIS image each day. So how to we become more like HIM? We must know HIS character, HIS Holiness, HIS love, EVERYthing about HIM and the ONLY way to do that is to allow the Word to be written on our hearts so we can LIVE HIS way. Another telling way to know if you are living by God’s Word is by looking at the things we pray for…do we pray simply for things of this world ….or do we pray for God to reveal HIS will?? Since God is going into such GREAT detail AGAIN and AGAIN about how pure He desired the Temple to be, are we paying attention (to our Temple) to His Dwelling Place or are we allowing what we see, hear and do to defile it?
I know…a deep read…and some deep things to ponder with God…just you and God together…so HE can reveal more of HIMSELF to YOU.
Sharing HIS love,
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The first thing (and no…I didn’t skip over Chapter 42 concerning more details of the Temple…<<<smile>>>) that spoke to me in today’s reading was: 43:2 “His voice was like the roar of rushing waters…” I am at the beach and each time I am here I am greatly blessed by the crashing waves, the open sky, the constant breeze, the sand on my feet and I honestly feel as if God is speaking with each crash of the waves or the blowing winds … “I am here for you my child, look at all I created as a reminder for you of who I AM.” And THEN I come in and read this Scripture… WOW!!! Hallelujah WHAT a Savior!!!
The next verse that grabbed me once again was 43:5 “Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” The SPIRIT LIFTED Ezekiel UP and he SAW the GLORY of the LORD filling the TEMPLE!!! WOW!!! When I see God’s creations whether at the beach, in the mountains, at Niagara Falls, or even looking out in my back yard at the changing leaves or watching the deer, rabbit, and other animals move through our yard…..I am so filled with the Holy Spirit in a way that makes me feel as if I am walking on air.
Did you notice the mention of a wall between our sin and HIM? Chapter 43:8 says — we put our threshold next to HIS….as IF our threshold is going to do us any good..HE is the ONLY standard!! Since HE is the ONLY standard, HE wanted Ezekiel to share with HIS people what they needed to do to come into HIS standard…to be accepted by HIM. Then we read about God desiring repentance, sin offerings, then comes atonement and cleansing and then The Lord “will accept them.” We are so very blessed to be living on this side of the cross where Jesus made our atonement ONCE and FOR ALL. The LORD accepts us since we have Jesus in our hearts and now the indwelling of the Holy Spirit so HIS Temple is IN US…WE ARE HIS TEMPLE. AND….do you recall that when Jesus died on the cross for you and me that the “veil” (that wall) that separated us from a personal relationship with HIM was torn..destroyed…came down!!! There is NO WALL that separates us from the love, forgiveness, acceptance, protection, and more of God!!!
YES there are still future prophecies in this Scripture for the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second Coming, the Millennium, the New Jerusalem, and all Eternity with our Lord. But today I am not only thankful for all eternity with my Lord…but also for the fact that He died for my sins, I am FOREVER atoned, cleansed and forgiven, He forever dwells within me, and HE will never never never….no NOT ever leave me.
Forgive me if I am over simplistic in my explanation of Ezekiel, but I truly know I can BARELY scratch the surface. I pray each day that God peal off another small layer for me each day. I do know that there are no more Prophecies (the Bible is SEALED closed). However, there are the fulfillment of the prophecies still at hand. MUCH of what we are reading right now is actually concerning the CURRENT EVENTS of the Middle East. And even with ALL that is happening in the Middle East and globally, my mind is only able to absorb a small portion of current events. However, my heart KNOWS it is BIG!! We have already established how the fighting began in Genesis and why the fighting is still going on today but now we are seeing the prophecies of the Restoration and the last prophecies fulfilled to usher in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (We saw the prophecies for the First Coming…NOW it is time to fulfill the Second.)
We have read about The Valley of the Dry Bones, the Unity of Israel as a State (Truman signed this Declaration on May 14, 1948,) and then the re-gathering of His People (In 2006, Israel for the first time became home to more Jewish people in Israel than the USA, from 650,000 in 1948 to 5.4 Million in 2006 and growing fast….just like the Scriptures said in Ezekiel 39!) These were prophecies told OVER 2600 years ago and we are witnessing their fulfillment!!
I truly stand in awe of God, HIS plan, the fact that He loves EACH of us so much that HE sent HIS only son for our salvation AND to teach us how to live here and now. Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to HIS people on earth!!!
Have an awesome day!!
Sharing HIS love,