Noon Monday June 20, 2022. 83F/28C.
ARGH! It doesn’t take much walking to feel the sun bearing down. A garden check will be done quickly. Flowers of gold, brown and white are blooming in all directions. Scratchy weeds brush against bare ankles. Those scratches feel like tomorrow’s nonstop itch. A thick squash blossom is inspected and gently moved. Its yellow petals are cool and almost elastic. No fruits exist under the blooms. The cabin and an afternoon nap calls. The pace is quickened before more insects bite. It is cool and dark indoors. Sweet fragrances drift in through open windows.
The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty two
Abba Father, this temple that Ezekiel saw is baffling. Please reveal to us the meanings in your word, the Bible. Please let us know what you mean for us to see in this structure. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Have you ever put together a jigsaw puzzle?
The temple that Ezekiel saw is much like a three dimensional jigsaw puzzle. We have all the measurements. We know how big the pieces are. But too many of the pieces are shaped exactly alike – they are squares and rectangles, without notches or tabs for joinery. Ezekiel and a heavenly being started at the southern entrance of the temple complex and worked their way around, recording the measurements, here and there, as they went. Ezekiel flipped puzzle pieces out of the box of his vision, and humans have been working on the puzzle for many years.
They were on the east side of the inner courtyard.
And the way before them was like the appearance of the chambers which were toward the north, as long as they, and as broad as they: and all their goings out were both according to their fashions, and according to their doors.
And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them.
My first impression of those verses is that when standing near the eastern gate, the north wall, and the south wall were built as mirror images of each other. The front of the buildings could be seen through arches. One entryway to the interior could be seen.
Ezekiel was ready to toss out more puzzle pieces!
Sometimes the Bible presents many, many questions.
Life in the hollow, Monday
I’ve been to heaven more than once, without really realizing it. I went one night many years ago in a dream. I met Jesus and he frightened me so much that I’ve never forgotten the dream.
You (or even I) might say, “Frightened you? That couldn’t be Jesus!”
Oh yes it was. I met a Jewish carpenter. He and an assistant were building mansions. And when he lowered his hammer and looked me in the eye, my soul shared with him my past, my present and my future, all without my permission. He spoke one sentence and it changed the course of my life forever.
He said, “Tell my people I AM coming back for them.”
I felt like I had just been pulled over in a traffic violation by the world’s kindest cop, one who knew my whole family, and one who had caught me in an embarrassing act of trespassing his realm without salvation. One who decided to give me an assignment instead of a ticket. I woke in a panic, sweating, heart beating hard.
I knew that I had to use my stubborn adult will to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and savior in order to fulfill his request. And I knew I had to do as he requested, or I would feel empty for all my life.
It was a rough road and the journey was taken that day. My life in Christ since then has been as a puzzle. He challenges me with life situations and I work on them in a panic until somehow they resolve.
His Holy Spirit drives me. I have to study the Bible every day and I have to write about it. It’s a nagging need within me. I don’t mean that I “study” a devotional magazine either. Devotionals are someone else’s Bible study that they share. I need to do my own study from my own reading. Some days, I make notes and some days, I write a blog post.
I have already risked requesting another heavenly vision or dream. This time I want to see the temple so that I can get a better picture of what it is. He tends to reveal something that seems unrelated, but isn’t.
And His Spirit suggested it. The Bible presents many questions, and I cannot just sit with the questions. I have to ask them.