“Therefore thus says the LORD GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name… And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the LORD GOD.” - Ezekiel 39:25 & 29
Ezekiel had been a part of the first wave of 10,000 exiles in 598 B.C., and for twelve of those years he gave witness – from far away – to Jerusalem’s final defeat. He would have watched the next wave of exiles come, settle, take wives and have sons and daughters. For thirteen years, since this last promise of God pouring out His Spirit on the house of Israel, Ezekiel’s pen had been silent.
Today, in the 25th year of exile, the hand of the LORD again is strong upon him. It takes Ezekiel to the land of Israel, to a very high mountain, where there is a structure like a city, and a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. We’ve seen him before. Ezekiel had seen him two decades ago, in the Temple, showing all the evil that men had devised there.
He has a new vision in store. The Temple that had been burned, its treasures carried to Babylon, had been built anew. The abominations, the engravings, the idols of the house of Israel – all have disintegrated. In their place is a new Temple, the throne of the LORD, administered by the sons of Zadok.
Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal. And I fell on my face. As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
Our verse for this week is 2 Corinthians 12:9: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Ezekiel 40 through 44. Now let’s read it!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.