Wednesday, March 14, 2018

GOD’S TEMPLES

Today’s┬áReading: Ezekiel 41-43

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Looking towards the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, you can see an entrance where visitors can go deep into King Solomon’s Quarries, also known as Zedekiah’s Cave. The stones for Solomon’s Temple are believed to have been hewn from this quarry around 970 BC (1 Kings 6:1). As evident in today’s reading, God pays careful attention to detail when giving instructions in the construction of His temples.

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Key Verses: Ezekiel 43:5

The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

 

Twenty-five years had passed since the first captives were brought to Babylon from Jerusalem, and approximately ten years since the magnificent Temple built by Solomon had been totally destroyed. Ezekiel’s vision of a new Temple must have brought much-needed encouragement to the Jewish exiles. Daniel, who became governor of one-third of the Persian empire, would have read Ezekiel’s writings and perhaps had these words in mind as he opened his window three times each day and prayed while looking in the direction of Jerusalem (Daniel 6:10-13). No doubt the content of Daniel’s prayers would have included the rebuilding of the Temple and the return of the glory of the Lord to the Jerusalem Temple. A suggested New Testament reading could be Hebrews 9:6-28.

We, as believers in Jesus, the One of whom John wrote, should be able to say with John, “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14b). In Scripture, we are called God’s temples in which He dwells (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God, who pays such close attention to the details of a building as described by Ezekiel, surely pays close attention to the building of His human temples. God has a design blueprint for our individual lives, His temples!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You have a plan for my life, and You are in the construction business. I welcome You to take complete charge of my life, Your temple. I pray that as a “living stone” I’ll not walk away from You as You place me where You want me (read 1 Peter 2:4-7). Lord Jesus, You are the “Chief Cornerstone,” and I pray in Your Name. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve had the privilege of visiting some of the great cathedrals of Europe, marvelling at the overall grandeur and also at the amazing attention to detail. The sculptures depicting Bible stories are everywhere. These visuals taught Bible stories to generations of people who were unable to read the Scriptures for themselves. I think that the construction of the Jerusalem Temples had the same visual purpose. As a 10 and 11-year-old boy, I had a job after school delivering letterhead stationery to Members of Parliament in Ottawa. The print shop would pay me a few cents for each delivery. Up the elevators and down the bannisters I would go, all the time learning from the amazing features of the buildings and sculptures which taught me some of the history of Canada.

Yours for following God’s detailed plans for all His temples, including each one of us,

David

10 thoughts on “Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  1. Such richness in this Old Testament reading of Ezekiel and history lesson. We behold Your Glory, Lord. We are Your living stones and we worship You and You, alone. Thinking of you, Pastor Samuel Fame, this morning. Wondering if your wife is still with us; have not heard from you for sometime. You are missed and in our prayers. God be with you.

    Your sandals shall be iron and bronze;
    As your days, so shall your strength be.
    Deut 33:25 NKJV

    How He Loves Us – David Crowder Band (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDSE438XMaQ

  2. Yes, the Lord is concerned about the details of our lives as He was the temple. Peace and safety in the midst of the storm everyone.

  3. Thankful for this blog, and all it represents, and all who participate to make in it, particularly Ron and Ann Mainse and their whole family!

    What a wonderful God we serve, Praise His Holy Name!

  4. HELP HELP HELP
    PLEASE PRAY THE LORD REMOVES THE ANTS FROM MY HOME, PLEASE!

    Happy birthday to my daughter who works in Maple Ridge, March l5th, I have not seen my children for 20 years or more!
    The Lord knows the situation, please pray that He will lead the way!
    I don’t know what to do!!!!!!

    Our Father who art in Heaven
    Hallowed by Thy Name!
    In Jesus Name I Pray amen

      • Lord Jesus, all things are possible in and with You, so I pray for all the ants to be out of Sah’s house immediately, in Jesus Name I pray. Also I pray for a restored relationship between Sah and her daughter, and with all of her children. Thank you Jesus, Amen!!!

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