11:30 a.m. Wednesday August 10, 2022. 77F/25C.
Sleep. Some days it is best to simply act like an elderly person, snuggle into pillows on an overstuffed rocking recliner, allowing the forest breeze to run where it may, and drift to sleep. Clouds seen through the west window are dusty blue and slow moving. Nothing too important is calling. Sleep is inviting.
The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty seven
Abba Father, I promised I would read your word regularly, and I do so. I’ll need your Holy Spirit to make it through today’s. Please reveal to us the meanings in your word, the Bible. In the name of my precious savior Yeshua Jesus, Amen.
Some time after Ezekiel’s amazing tour of a natural/supernatural temple complex, God spoke to the prophet about his intended borders and territories of the land of Israel.
In the above map of the borders as told in Genesis 15 and 17, we can see that God intended Israel to be a lot larger than it is today. The larger plot of land, from the Nile to the Euphrates, was Abraham’s to sojourn as he pleased. The smaller plot of land, from Dan to Be’er Sheva, was described to Abraham as an everlasting holding. Later, Moses considered the land west of the Jordan, what we today call Israel, to be the promised land. God spoke to Ezekiel about borders as well.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.
twelve thirteen twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. That’s twelve. Joseph was the favored son but he was left out of all family lines because he was assumed dead by his father. When Joseph was determined to be alive and well in Egypt, Israel did not repatriate his son into the family, but instead claimed two of Joseph’s sons as his own. He gave them Joseph’s place in the family line.
So that is, twelve natural sons, minus one assumed dead, plus two adopted sons, oh minus one half son twice, because Joseph’s sons inherited only a half, makes thirteen, no, that really is twelve. Manasseh and Ephraim, Joseph’s sons, were considered heads of “half tribes”. Thus, thirteen human males were each counted as the sole head of twelve tribes.
And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.
God was giving the promised land to all the children of Israel. BUT, but, but. As of 2022, that has not happened. After the exile, not many Jews returned to Judah. The northern tribes were well scattered. The children of Israel did indeed go back to their homeland, in 1947. However, the tribal affiliations are lacking. Who knows where each tribe is? They are all mixed together, or mixed with other nations. God still has to bring the tribes back to the promised land, adjust the boundaries, and then divide the land according to their tribes.
Had the exiles been sufficiently ashamed and repentant, they could have built Ezekiel’s temple, reclaimed the land, and understood all the information that Ezekiel gave. But they were comfortable in the homes they acquired during the exile. Moving back meant fighting and work. God’s promise came to a halt.
God spoke it. Ezekiel’s generation did not claim it, but a future generation can. The temple, the city, the division of the land by tribes, will someday happen.
Life in the hollow, Wednesday
When ever one of these odd spiritual beings wakes me, I feel I should make note of it. I’ve no idea what it means. Here is what happened:
11 p.m. Monday, August 8, I woke to a man gently tapping me on the right shoulder. Once he saw that I was awake, or something close to awake, he stood straight and tall, off to my right and forward a little. And he was very tall, maybe eight feet tall. He hollered and his voice was like a horn, much like a boat’s foghorn. He hollered out a blaring horn sound a total of three times.
I prayed for my nation and I fell back asleep.
Study the prophets, and see, just as the prophets saw.
From July 27: God’s Holy Spirit told me that some false religious ideas have come into the family lines of his kings and priests. He said that he will purge the ideas out of the family lines. I venture a guess that they, like me, had some very wrong ideas about who and how our God is. It’s actually pretty exciting to be a Christian.
Paul described to the Ephesians (ch 4-5) a joy-filled, happy, unified, power-filled bride without spot or wrinkle for Christ. God is not going to ask us to become all that by ourselves. We must learn to use the Holy Spirit as our guide.
A happy bride without spot or wrinkle.
He spoke it. He meant it. Let’s claim it for our generation. It will come to pass.