Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 46-48.
I do not know what to make of today’s passage. It contains instructions concerning the rituals and laws to be observed when the new Temple is built, a few further dimensions of construction in the Temple compound, a different division of the land from that given in the Pentateuch, and a description of a river which will originate at the Temple. The river which Ezekiel describes in this passage is the part which I want to focus on. I am going to treat the river as a metaphor for God’s love. The river starts in the presence of God as a shallow stream. As it flows away from God it gets deeper and wider. As the river flowed its waters gave life to all around it, but not just life. The river nourished trees, which provided nourishment for people. The river flowed into the Dead Sea and made it live. As God’s love flows out from Him it encounters others, who are inspired by God’s love to love others. Love is one of those things which the more we express it, the more there is to express. When love pours into our lives it opens up wellsprings within us which flows out into the world around us. Eventually it pours into the nastiest, deadest place you can imagine and brings life even there. God’s Love transforms everything it touches. Let us drink from the stream of God’s love so that it can revive us and then burst forth from us as an even larger stream bringing life to all around us.