Let God be first

I’m so happy to have clouds for shade

1:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2022. 90F/32C.

The heat of the day passes by slowly. The feet of the old person do the same. Dense white clouds hang in the sky in a background of brilliant blue. There is cool air in the shade. There are loud flies to buzz in the ears in the direct sunlight. Household fans move dark window curtains in slow flopping movements. Savory food aromas fill the darkened cabin. Cold tea nourishes during the wait. Keep the day slow and all will be well.

More clouds

The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty three

Abba Father, please lead and nourish us from your word. Please show us your heart and your holiness. Please reveal to us the meanings in the book of Ezekiel. In the name of Jesus, I ask. Amen.

Ezekiel and a heavenly being went on a tour of a temple complex. Ezekiel did not record whether the temple was built in the past, present or future. He did not record the exact location. He only recorded that it existed in his vision. God spoke to the pair from the temple. His glory lit up the entire inner courtyard.

This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.

In other words…

This statute: the temple upon the head of the mountain, the whole walled-in area, even the neighborhood around it: Holy to the Lord. Pay attention to this statute of the temple.

Honor God first. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” was the first commandment and it is the greatest commandment. God is, was, and will always be holy. That small fact was to be understood before God discussed any other laws.

In the New Testament we learned to love God with heart, soul, and mind. In the Old Testament, the same principal was acted out by honoring God in setting apart the temple, inner courtyard and outer courtyard for him.

Note! God spoke of the temple on the head of the mountain. While that might be figurative, it very likely was also literal. The temple was on a high mountain top. That could be a hint in the “where is it?” puzzle! Woo-hoo!

God is holy. He pulled apart Jerusalem and put the Jews in exile because of sins that began with idolatry. And still, he desired to live among them. He just wanted them to know that his house would stay holy in the future.

And more clouds!

Life in the hollow, Friday

3 p.m. A cloud has drifted over the cabin. The shade is oh so good!

I ask almighty God, the God of mercy, to judge my nation. Please let captives of wickedness be set free. Please judge the wicked, or change the hearts of the wicked. It is in your mercy that I trust. You know our hearts. Please cleanse and then rebuild a love for you, as the first thing for my nation. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, I ask. Amen.

Seek God first. He blesses and judges, both according to his mercy. Just give him first place.

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