Today’s Tasting: Ezekiel 9-12
The glory of God could no longer tolerate idolatry in His Temple. Israel and Judah had stooped to the same worship of other nations, defaming the name of the Lord. He ordered death to those living in idolatry.
It appeared that the glory of the Lord departed The Temple of the Lord in stages of anguish:
- “The glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house” (Ezekiel 10:4 ESV).
- “The glory of the Lord went from the threshold of the Temple and stood over the cheribum” (Ezekiel 10:18 paraphrase mine).
Before the Lord completely departed His Temple, He made a promise to His people by giving Jeremiah the words to declare, “I will put within them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19 ESV).
- The glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain (Mount of Olives) (see Ezekiel 11:23).
Today’s Nourishment: The Spirit of the Lord didn’t return to His temple (who we are) in the same manner that He departed, in His slowly grieving departure. According to Acts 2:1-2, He rushed to those who were waiting on Him.
“He (Jesus) ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father…You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…They were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting” (Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-2 ESV).
The Spirit longs to rush into the lives of those waiting for Him. Are you waiting for Him or has He already rushed into your life and into your circumstances? He’s waiting—let Him rush into your life and circumstances!
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Tomorrow’s Delight: Ezekiel 13-15
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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