Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 46-48
Today’s Reflection: Ezekiel 48:35b
“And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There.”
After the judgments pronounced and carried out against Israel and Judah because of their sins, the book of Ezekiel ends with a beautiful picture of restoration—a new temple and a new Jerusalem. This story partially points to the rebuilt Jerusalem and second temple, constructed in the era of Ezra and Nehemiah, but it also prophesies further, beyond our time, to the holy city that will be the crown jewel of the earth made new (Revelation 21:1-3). When God has completed His work rebuilding the city He gives it a new name, proclaiming the miracle that has taken place: The Lord is there.
This text reminds us God is still in the rebuilding business. And there are things He is far more interested in than cities. The good news of Jesus Christ is that God rebuilds people destined for destruction and renews them into lives built to last eternally. His express desire is to dwell within you (Exodus 25:8). Sin has caused division between man and God (Isaiah 59:2) but when we receive Jesus Christ as our lord and savior and accept His sacrifice and death this division is removed and we return from the penalty of sin to new life eternal (Romans 6:23). We actually become new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). When we willingly submit to the moving of the Holy Spirit, He begins reshaping our very being, transforming our thinking (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:21-24), character (Galatians 5:22-26), and making us able to share the love of God with others (1 Corinthians 13:13-14:1).
When God finishes all of this work, He will be able to make the same declaration about the new you as He made of the new city: The Lord is there.
Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Let this truth sink in to your very being: God desires to give you the privilege and blessing of becoming His holy habitation.
1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?