Thursday, September 17, 2015: Ezekiel 42-44; Rev. 22
Then he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east. 2 And there, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east; the sound was like the sound of mighty waters; and the earth shone with his glory. 3 The vision I saw was like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision that I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4 As the glory of the Lord entered the temple by the gate facing east, 5 the spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
Can you imagine what it must have been like? The glory (kabod) of God – the presence of God (remember in the OT, those two words are interchangeable) returns to the temple, all is restored. This is a ‘do-over’ of absolute biblical proportions. Only God. Only God would be willing to provide the grace to allow his people yet another chance to worship with purity; to obey decisively; to live fully devoted to God.
We have received that same gift – redemption, atonement, forgiveness – grace. And in Christ we have received that gift in its fullest expression. That is, if we receive it and allow the grace of God to transform us. Will we fall? Oh, yes. We will stray, we will be disobedient, we will fail outright. But, the faithfulness of God is greater than our brokenness, and each day is a new opportunity to begin again…to repent and return to the One who loves us beyond our own understanding.
Thanks be to God!