Tuesday, August 30 2011
Verse of the Week: V2 “In the visions of God brought He me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.”
1. Visions Of God (V1-2)
V1 “In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither.”
God gave Prophet Ezekiel the visions and detailed description of the new temple of God where the Lord Jesus Christ shall reign during the Millennial kingdom. These visions were great encouragement to Ezekiel who was then a prisoner in Babylon after the Babylonians attacked Israel and destroyed the temple of God and killed thousands of the people of Israel, and took many of them as captives including Ezekiel.
V2 “In the visions of God brought He me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.”
2. Temple Of God (V3-43)
V3 “And He brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.”
God showed Ezekiel a man, who in turned showed him the new temple of God, so that Ezekiel could declare to the people of Israel the new temple he had seen, and encouraged them to trust God in spite of their intense sufferings and cruel captivity in the hands of the Babylonians. Ezekiel comforted them that one day, those who believe in the true God, shall dwell in His new temple, and shall reign together with the Lord Jesus Christ.
V4 “And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither; declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.”
3. Singers of God (V44-49)
V44 “And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate; and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north.”
There shall be singers in the new temple as well as in Heaven, the home of God. Music and singing is an integral part of praise and worship of God as the people of God express our thankfulness and gratitude to God for who He is and what He has done in our lives.
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, please encourage me to know that You are with me now and forever.