It is a good day for Yeshua to be king

2:30 p.m. Tuesday July 5, 2022. 105F/41C.

At the dirt road, the insects buzz relentlessly around ears and nose. Their warnings regarding their territory are tolerated for a short walk. Flowers all across the property droop but not to the ground. The yarrow still stand up straight. Their white blooms are a stark contrast to the dusty grasses. The path to the cabin is dry and warm. Dust stirs underfoot. There is very little scent of the forest. There is very little breeze to move the tree tops. No creaking is heard from the porch floor. Only the long spring on the door makes a noise. No lights are on to reveal the details of the inside of the cabin. Nothing but fans move. This will be a week to keep quiet through the heat of day.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty three

Abba Father, please reveal to us your will for your people. Please grant us supernatural cooling for the hot days. Grant us revelation as we read your word, the Bible. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Ezekiel listened as God gave instructions on building the altar, which was to sit in the inner courtyard of the temple complex. Unless the translation is wrong, the altar would be massive. In fact, it would be so massive that it would fit into the inner courtyard with only a little walking space around it. I checked various translations and traditions. The altar would indeed be massive. The inner courtyard is going to be unbearably hot in the summer months. Which, once again, begs the question, “Where was this temple? Antarctica?”

But here is another “why?” Why was the altar not already built during Ezekiel’s tour? The temple was God’s build. He left out the altar. If there is to be an altar, that part will totally be man’s doing. God did not need the altar in order to move into the temple, but he was willing to give altar building instructions to Ezekiel.

To understand Ezekiel 43, I opened the Bible to Hosea 6:6.

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Even more intriguing are verses 1-5, which prophetically speak of Yeshua Jesus:

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

In the temple that Ezekiel saw, God will have his desire. Those who serve him will be of the seed of Zadok, the only pure line of priests. While Ezekiel witnessed it, God went into the temple, shut the gate behind him, and settled in, without any burnt offering.

But, OK. If the people will insist upon obeying the law instead of showing mercy, if they insist upon God being “fair” and letting two acts of charity neutralize and reverse one act of murder, if they need sacrifices to undo their sins, so be it. They can build the altar. The next verses in Ezekiel will be God telling us what all has to be done to maintain the altar.

Wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier to just accept the sacrifice of Yeshua Jesus?

Life in the hollow, Tuesday

Ezekiel reminds me of how God’s Holy Spirit has quite the sharp sense of humor. At those moments when I’ve gotten sassy with God’s voice, he has been sassy right back, plus one up.

When I first moved here, I heard him instruct me not to join a church. I knew I heard a spirit, and I spouted off, “Scriptural reference? Where is THAT in the Bible?” Yeah. He knows the Bible, and he knows me. Anyway, what he said was something like this…

I will NOT give YOU scriptural reference, for I know you! You will open your Bible and read that one verse…” and here he got a little sassy in how he spoke to me, imitating my voice… “and you will say, ‘well, I read that. There’s my Bible study for the year.’ and you will put up your Bible and forget about it! IMMERSE YOURSELF IN MY WORD. Open the word. Read it. Immerse yourself in it. I hid many of my prophets away. FIND THEM!”

Sassy. Plus one up.

Of course, Ezekiel’s temple complex has not been built, but it is there symbolically. God is in Israel, whether they see him or not. No army will get away with attacking them, not while God is there.

If the people insist upon an altar, God will insist that they follow the entire protocol, not just the parts they like. And after they get sassy with him, they WILL discover that he can be sassy right back.

Everything is in place. The day of the ancient prophets is done. The sacrifice of Yeshua Jesus is good. The church era has gone through its birth and its time of maturity. The stage really is set for the next move of God.

It is a good day to speak the following:

I accept salvation from my well-loved Father. I repent of all sins. I accept Yeshua, Jesus, as my savior. I accept the indwelling of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

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