Archive for January 4th, 2014

Ezekiel 47

Ezekiel 47 has our prophet coming back to “the door of the temple” and seeing the temple river which flowed across the inner area.  It began at the temple building and was ankle deep, but as they followed the stream it became knee-deep, then waist-deep, and finally was a river with “trees on one side and the other”.  God had said the temple building would be His home, so this river began with God’s place as the source, and was a river of living water that flowed from Him.

It eventually flowed to the sea, but wasn’t is a straight line.  It flowed round the south side of the altar. So it flowed between the altar and the room for the priests who worked there.  God describes the power of this river of life this way.  “For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes”.  God is the source of all life.  And His love and salvation provides ongoing life for all who receive it.  Scripture paints that picture clearly here.

And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing”.  Everything related to God produces good.  He makes the trees grow and the fruit come for the benefit of those around it.  God is good, and His love produces life.  From Him flows all our blessings.  When we live with God and walk in His ways, we become a person who does good things constantly because our strength comes from God.

The prophet goes on with his description of the vision around God’s people Israel and the land they would receive.  It was to be divided according to the twelve tribes and provided to them for their sustenance and inheritance.  It is a gift from God, “allotted an inheritance” from God.  The people have been scattered and at this time God will bring them back and fulfill His promise to them.  God’s promises were for the benefit of all God’s people. All 12 tribes would benefit.

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