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September 13, 2017 Bible Study — God’s Love Brings Life To Everything It Touches

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

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.

September 13, 2016 Bible Study

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. Later this month it will be my wife’s and my 16th anniversary. To celebrate this event I have decided to wish my wife Happy Anniversary for 16 days.

Happy Anniversary, Alanna–Day 6
Thank you for being my wife.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 46-48.

    The Book of Ezekiel concludes with further details about the rituals which will be carried out in the Temple of his vision. I do not get much out of this description. Except his description of the River of Life flowing out from the Temple to the Dead Sea. I do not know whether Ezekiel’s vision is literal or a metaphor. My inclination is to have the opinion that it is both. The metaphor is that a vibrant, righteous, and honest worship of God generates a river of life giving “water” which will flow down and cause healthy life to spring up in places which were long ago given up as completely inhospitable to life. Think of the most god-forsaken desert of iniquity, whether that be the worst neighborhood in a city, or a country like Somalia. If we faithfully serve God, worshiping Him, and acting as His love directs us, a river of healing will flow out from us to bring redemption and healing to people we have never even met. As that river flows away from us it will influence everyone it touches so that they also add to the flow. We may only have a small influence for good, but that influence will be magnified by the Holy Spirit so that each person who is touched by it will add to it, until it is a massive force, capable of transforming the world.