The River from the Temple!
Scripture reading for August 31st: Ezekiel 44-48
Ezekiel’s description of the vision given by the man with the measuring line continues to the end of his writing. Today’s portion describes the role of the priests and the operation of the rebuilt temple. God is a God of order and He leaves detailed instructions with Ezekiel for the people who will one day go back to Israel and bring the restoration. However, part of this vision goes beyond a rebuilt temple.
Ezekiel is shown a flow of water coming from the temple that brings amazing things to pass wherever it flows. (Ezekiel 47:1-12) This flow originates under the threshold of the east gate of the temple. The water flowed out away from the temple; the man with the measuring line went a thousand cubits and the water was ankle-deep. After another thousand cubits, the water was knee-deep. Going another thousand cubits, the water was waist-deep. After the fourth thousand cubits, the water was so vast and deep that people could swim in it.
Along the bank of this river were a number of trees. These trees would always be green and fruitful, bearing fruit every month. They would serve as food and their leaves would bring healing. In fact, everywhere that this river from the sanctuary went, abundant life would flourish. Fish would teem in it’s waters and swarms of living creatures would be found near it. Fishermen would come to catch the fish. This was a special river that produced abundant life!
Jesus Christ spoke of a river flowing from the new temple that He would build. “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:37b-39) The Holy Spirit brings us a river of God’s life that produces life within us. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to produce God’s life in us. Wherever we go, we are to share that life. We are to be fishers of men by sharing the love and life of God! Allow that river to flow in you today!