It’s the best

Sir Isaac Newton drew out the temple several times

9:30 a.m. Sunday May 22, 2022. 55F/13C.

After two days of heat, the slightly cooler air of the night was enough to awaken any sleeper to adjust blankets a little closer. The sound of one loud thud drifted in from the out of doors. Then all went silent. This morning, the zippered door of the greenhouse was unzipped from the bottom to about a foot up. Most animals lack the dexterity to open a zipper and would simply tear at the plastic cover, except for possibly, the raccoon. The oddities inside matched the raccoon as well. Boxes are now soggy. Buckets are now sideways. There was a mass of dead leaves and sticks strewn about the floor. The actual damage is minor. A package of animal food feels rough around its plastic seams. It shows an uneven tear and nuggets fall out. The rest of the food is carried to the wet meadow for the birds, and a wind picks up. It blows back against the airborne nuggets and they all land in one pile. Crows caw from the tree tops, watching noisily for a clear line of flight to the treats. A savory and musty odor rises from the discarded food. The crows have been good protective birds here. Treating them seems to be a worthy reward. May their caws be praise to God.

I kind of agree with Sir Isaac Newton, but I think the inner temple was longer

The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty

Abba Father, grant us your joy as we interact with the real characters that surround us. Please reveal to us the meanings in your word, the Bible. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Ezekiel went in the spirit to Israel, where he toured a temple complex, under the guidance of a heavenly being. The temple complex was much larger than any temple built by the Jews thus far. It had adequate space for each worshiper to present praise, music, teaching, and animals for sacrifice. It also seemed to have apartments and offices for officials.

And he brought me to the porch of the house, and measured each post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and the breadth of the gate was three cubits on this side, and three cubits on that side.

The heavenly being brought Ezekiel to a building in the inner court of the huge complex, and measured the door jamb and the door. The door jamb was about 100 inches wide. The door was likely a double door, of 60 inches wide, each side.

The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits, and he brought me by the steps whereby they went up to it: and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side.

The porch and building were elevated. The porch was about 33 feet across and about 18 feet deep. It had two pillars, positioned on each side of the door.

The heavenly being had led Ezekiel into the center of the temple complex through the north gate, the gate of sacrifice. Besides the daily burnt sacrifice, the north gate was also for the sin offering and the guilt offering. That walk-through seems to be a suggested pattern for growth in the Christian life. Twice daily prayer in a total sacrifice of our time, patterned after the daily burnt offerings. Sin and guilt must be transferred to Christ to be washed by his sacrifice.

The temple might be a picture of the life of Jesus and also the lives of those who follow him. However, I still believe it was also an actual location, with a supernatural temple complex built atop a natural temple complex, possibly in Samaritan territory, where the ark of the covenant once rested.

Since sacrifice was the only option for forgiveness granted to ancient Jews, I believe that God, in his goodness, built a supernatural temple on earth, and arranged for sacrifices to be performed there on behalf of he exiles, as needed.

The occurrences of structural features in pairs seems significant. One pillar might be for the northern kingdom. The other pillar might be for the southern kingdom. Exiles of both kingdoms would be covered, as needed. One of the double doors might be for the Jews and one of the doors might be for the gentiles. Of the three gates per wall, one might be for God to come and go, one for the Jews and one for the gentiles. These are just thoughts, because the temple complex is full of patterns that speak of the relationship between God and man.

God, once having entered by the east gate, and being pleased with his dwelling on earth, would prompt rivers of goodness to flow out from his temple toward all the world.

Life in the hollow, Sunday

Every Sunday, there is a congregation online who shares their worship with me. I did ask God if I could join a church and he found one for me about a thousand miles away.

Hmm… apparently he still wants me hidden.

I feel like God’s hand is getting closer to the time he moves in our world. I feel like we must be only a month or two away from seeing Jesus as king. Perhaps he’ll soon send me out into the world. Until then, I’ll wait.

Late in December 2020, God’s Spirit spoke something odd to me, “Behold I [God] have killed JB.” But he said a full name, not initials. When I occasionally read news headlines I wonder if the JB in office is actually another man acting a part. He’s told stories a half dozen times, of people he knew when he was a truck driver. Does that seem right? The real JB was never a truck driver, was he? What if the real JB died in 2020? What if all the actors are about to expose themselves while indulged in some sort of self-inflated self-confidence that the world loves them so much that nobody will judge them for what they have plotted?

And here I sit in the middle of no where, someone who was a victim of that agenda. What exactly does God want from this writer?

It gives me goosebumps. He has a plan, and it’s a whole lot better than any plan that comes from his enemy. It’s better because it provides for the victims to have both forgiveness and justice. It’s better because even the enemy has been given time to repent. It’s better because all who would side with God are doing so, even more resolutely.

It’s better because it’s God.

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