Reminders of our Lord Jesus Christ. We see the Prince of Peace (Ezek. 46), the River of Healing (chap. 47) where He healed them all (Matt. 4:24; 8:16; 12:15; Luke 4:40; 6:19; 8:47), the land (chap. 48) with the Temple in the center (48:8), and the Lord is there (48:35).
The first part of Ezekiel's final vision from God described the Temple (Ezek. 40 — 43); the second part described the worship and the character of the worshipers (44 — 46). The final part tells us of life-giving waters that issued out from under the threshold (doorway) of the house eastward (47 — 48) and of the boundaries and divisions of the land. The further this water flowed, the deeper it became. Among other things, it symbolizes our continued walk with the Lord, for as we experience more and more the all-sufficiency of His provision, we come to realize that His supply for all of our needs is abundant and unlimited.
The description of the land and the city are very different from either ancient or present-day, geographical Israel. This is a vision anticipating the glorious future that all believers in Jesus as the Messiah will experience. All who know and love Him as their Savior will enjoy the new promised land during the millennial reign of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ezekiel was led by his guide to the front of the Temple. The water apparently emerged from under the Eastern Gate as a small stream that flowed a thousand cubits, a little less than one-third of a mile. Ezekiel then records: The man . . . brought me through the waters (47:2-3). Ezekiel states that it was ankle-deep. The same process was repeated at a second and at a third time, each distance measuring a thousand cubits. At these locations, the water was found to be to the knees and then to the loins (47:4). At a fourth distance of a thousand cubits (47:5), the water had become a river that could not be passed over because of its depth.
Water provides life for the trees which bear wholesome fruit (47:9,12). This is what the Holy Spirit does in the lives of those who yield to Him. We begin to experience His gracious supply as a small stream which flows out from Christ the Fountainhead, and it continues to increase in preciousness as we daily walk in the light of His Word.
Our loving Father has provided His people with a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding (flowing) out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely (Rev. 22:1,17).
Thought for Today:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man (Luke 21:36).
Through the river of living waters and one of the Names of God, Jehovah(Yahweh)-Shammah meaning: The Lord is there (Ezek. 47:1-12; 48:35; also Rev. 21 — 22).
46:7 as his hand shall attain unto =as much as he can afford; 46:24 places of them that boil =where the Temple servants are too boil the sacrifice; 47:2 utter gate =outer gate.
Pray for Country: Belarus (10 million) in northeastern Europe • Major languages: Belarussian and Russian • Religious freedom • 48% Orthodox; 22% Roman Catholic; 1.1% Jewish; 1% Protestant; .2% Muslim; 27.7% Agnostic/Atheist/Other • Prayer Suggestion: Pray for a greater desire to serve the Lord (Ps. 42:1-2).
Optional Reading: Revelation 19
Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 1:24