TODAY’S DAILY READING: Ezekiel 43-44 & Revelation 16
Old Testament: Ezekiel 43- Dedication Day
“The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.”
What a glorious sight this must have been, as Ezekiel watched the glory or radiance of God descend upon and fill the Temple. What had been a building made with men’s hands, now became the temple of the living God. The presence of the Lord within its walls transformed this building and set it apart from … Read More
Ezekiel 44- Service
“No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court.”
Ezekiel is given instructions concerning those who will serve the Lord in His Holy Temple. Three of the rules seemed to jump off the page as I read through them this morning.
First, the priests were required to wear linen as they served the Lord. The more common material for garments in Ezekiel’s day was wool, which was much heavier and would cause a person to perspire when working hard. The ministry is something that should never become burdensome. Jesus explained, His yoke was easy and His burden light (Matthew 11:30). When serving the Lord seems like a heavy task, we may be doing something wrong.
Second, they were not to drink wine in the service of God. Paul later wrote… Read More
New Testament: Revelation 16- Armageddon
“And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.”
Recently, I had the privilege of standing on Tel Megiddo, the ruins of the ancient city of Megiddo. It overlooks, what is often referred to as, the valley of Armageddon. The experience was almost surreal. As I stood there, contemplating the events described in Revelation 16, I could see smoke rising in the distance, from tires being burned in protest to the fighting in Gaza… Read More