Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dramatic Encounter with a Living God!

I want to know God is real. God is powerful. God is present.

I long for a dramatic encounter with a Living God.

Now old Ezekiel wasn't out looking for an "experience." He wasn't at a conference, or seeking anything special. He was simply obediently doing what God told Him to do. And at the time it was somewhat boring. He was following this guy who was measuring everything.

They came to the eastern gate.

"Oh! The bright Glory of the God of Israel rivered out of the east sounding like the roar of floodwaters, and the earth itself glowed with the bright Glory. It looked just like what I had seen when he came to destroy the city, exactly like what I had seen earlier at the Kebar River. And again I fell, face to the ground. "

God showed up!! Ezekiel fell to the ground in worship. Not on his knees. Not with hands stretched to heaven. No - face to the ground. "God you are awesome. I worship YOU. You are worthy, allpowerful, glorious."

4 -5 The bright Glory of God poured into the Temple through the east gate. The Spirit put me on my feet and led me to the inside courtyard and—oh! the bright Glory of God filled the Temple!
6 -9 I heard someone speaking to me from inside the Temple while the man stood beside me. He said, "Son of man, this is the place for my throne, the place I'll plant my feet. This is the place where I'll live with the Israelites forever. Neither the people of Israel nor their kings will ever again drag my holy name through the mud with their whoring and the no-god idols their kings set up at all the wayside shrines. When they set up their worship shrines right alongside mine with only a thin wall between them, they dragged my holy name through the mud with their obscene and vile worship. Is it any wonder that I destroyed them in anger? So let them get rid of their whoring ways and the stinking no-god idols introduced by their kings and I'll move in and live with them forever.
10 -11 "Son of man, tell the people of Israel all about the Temple so they'll be dismayed by their wayward lives. Get them to go over the layout. That will bring them up short. Show them the whole plan of the Temple, its ins and outs, the proportions, the regulations, and the laws. Draw a picture so they can see the design and meaning and live by its design and intent.
12 "This is the law of the Temple: As it radiates from the top of the mountain, everything around it becomes holy ground. Yes, this is law, the meaning, of the Temple. "
Ezekiel 43 ends with this:
27 "'After these seven days of dedication, from the eighth day on, the priests will present your burnt offerings and your peace offerings. And I'll accept you with pleasure, with delight! Decree of God, the Master.'"
So to recap. Ezekiel fully obeys God. God shows up in glory and with power. He has very specific demands which need to be carried out. And He says He will accept Ezekiel and the people with pleasure, with delight!

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