Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- Ezekiel 46 carries in with more stipulations about the regular worship and then into chapter 47, this amazing vision of the trickle of water coming from below the threshold of the temple, which eventually becomes a mighty river bringing fresh water and healing to everything it touches. This is a natural occurrence but it must be symbolic too. This account is very similar to the account in Revelation 22 v 1-2. I have heard many interpretations of this vision and it is well worth taking a moment to ponder what it means for you.
- At the end of 47 we get another view of God’s expansive heart to non natural born Jews. They are allowed an inheritance. This all points to the sacrifice that Jesus made to save the Gentiles like me and most of you. What a privilege that we should be included, what a generous God!
- We have come to the end of Ezekiel now. I have to say that I consider it one of the most confusing books in the entire bible. What have you learned whilst reading it? I would say that for me, I can rest assured knowing God has everything planned out. As long as He has it all under control, I don’t need to understand every bit of it. I think the very last verse is significant. The place will be called ‘The Lord is there’. God’s presence will be with us for the rest of eternity and if that’s all I get from the book, well that is plenty enough. What a wonderful thought to close.