God does as God pleases to do

After two weeks of no rain, the rudbeckia and fleabane daisies still bloom

12:30 p.m. Friday June 24, 2022. 89F/32C.

Despite the intense heat out in the sun, no horseflies are attacking the arms or legs. Bees are quite making up for them by buzzing nonstop. They seem to love producing a great commotion just before the ears. Perspiration begins to bead up on the forehead and make its way under glasses. Small birds are making a great commotion as well. They chirp and flutter in the dense brush. Deer have moved on, taking the thick sweet scent of musk with them. The forest is deep green. The sky is brilliant blue. The shadows are a perfect shade of gray.

The canes are loaded with nearly ripe raspberries

The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty two

Abba Father, there is truly no God like you. We seek your love, your wisdom and your guidance as we read about your temple in the book of Ezekiel. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

The temple of Ezekiel’s vision served to reinforce a certain human understanding of our God, and that is the following: Our God will do as he pleases, when he pleases and how he pleases, and does not need to give an answer to any man’s expectation of him.

The Jews will likely never have a permanent temple until they build this one of Ezekiel’s vision. That’s my opinion only, not interpretation. But I do believe that God longs for this temple. I believe that he longs for people who have pure hearts to serve close to him, that he longs to dwell in the heart of our cities and homes, in our deserts and in our places of worship. And I really don’t think it matters to him whether we are Jew or gentile, as long as we have a covenant relationship with him, with the washing away of our sins by acceptance of Jesus.

Ezekiel followed after a heavenly being who measured the temple.

Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about.

He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.

He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.

He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed.

He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.

From the phrase “round about”, I would assume the heavenly man to have been measuring the outside perimeter of the outer wall. Since the wall was one reed thick, the inner measurements would certainly be smaller by the wall’s thickness, twice.

A royal cubit was around 19.8–20.6 inches. Simply for convenience, let’s use 20 inches. A reed was six cubits. Six cubits, then, were 120 inches. Five hundred reeds were 60,000 inches. 60,000 inches were 5,000 feet. 5,000 feet were just 280 feet shy of a mile. 5,000 feet are a little over 1-1/2 kilometers.

The temple complex was square and nearly a mile wide and a mile long. It was a big place!

But well, you know me, I have to ask the ODD questions…

The heavenly being measured the south wall. Fine. But then he had to back track in order to measure the west wall. Why? Something, some building structure or some natural land structure must have been making the west wall inaccessible on the outside of the complex. Could the west side have been the location of a great ravine? What else might have made the west wall inaccessible? He found a way to measure, perhaps by walking atop the wall?

He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place.

Profane simply means “common” in that verse, BUT…

The word “sides”, as in “four sides”, is a translation of ROO-ah, which I’ve also seen spelled as ruach and ruah. It means breath, wind, disposition, fury, or wrath. The heavenly man measured the four winds of protection of the temple complex.

As I read through that, the Hebrew root words seem to be loaning insight into God’s wrath. God does not become angry for the same reasons we would become angry. No, his anger has a purpose, and its purpose is for protection of all who dwell within him.

Oddly, I’ve come to recognize the deer by smell.

Life in the hollow, Friday

I did ask God to show me the temple complex in a dream or vision. I did get a dream.

In the dream, I wandered across a level desert place, an elevated place. I could look out and see other mountain tops. I did not see much greenery. One man was seated in front of a block of stone. He was chipping on the stone with a hammer and chisel. He seemed to be making a hole for a pole in the center of the block. Chips flew in all directions. His big thick arms were well-accustomed to the sort of work he was doing.

I approached him and was suddenly struck with the idea that he might be Ezekiel, and I could ask questions.

“Sir, do you mind answering? What is your name?”

“Stone Mason,” he answered.

I thought maybe he didn’t understand the question. I didn’t want to know what his job description was, but his name.

“I’m sorry, but what was your name again?”

He answered more slowly. Oh, yes, he indicated that he understood the question quite well. “Stone. Mason.” he repeated.

“Thank you so much,” I politely told him. And as I looked about at the empty, but level, landscape, the dream faded into daylight. I made a decision about Ezekiel’s temple vision.

Sometimes God shows us what he wants us to see, and he shows us nothing more.

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