Ezekiel 41

Vs. 1, Then the man brought me to the outer sanctuary and measured the jambs; the width of the jambs was six cubits on each side.”  Now the angel gives Ezekiel the specific measurements of the Sanctuary within the Temple.  Being a detailed oriented person, it’s pretty comforting that God is in the details!  The Temple is a little bit longer than half of a football field.  It’s also interesting to note that there is no mention of the veil that would only allow high priest once a year to enter through it.  Of course, this is because when Jesus died the veil was torn in two.

Regarding application…Hope in the Future.  When I was young, my family used to have a tradition where we would go once a year on a vacation.  I would be so excited to find out where we would go as summer was approaching each year.  My wife and I have continued that tradition and love going on vacations to new places!  There is a sense of hope from rest and excitement in experiencing a new place.  For example, we have enjoyed going on cruises.  The other day we saw a documentary on one of the largest cruise ships called the Oasis of the Seas from the Royal Caribbean company.  It can hold 6000 plus guests, has all sorts of grand features (surfing simulation, mountain climbing, zip lines, indoor mall, a central park indoor garden, ice skating rink, etc…)  As grand as that ship is…the details of the new Temple should illicit an incredible hope for our future destination!  Take time to thank the Lord for a future hope in this crazy world we live in!

Jeremiah 41

Vs. 3, “Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him got up and struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, killing the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land.”  What a suspenseful chapter of deceit, betrayal, battles and fleeing!  Who ever said the Bible is boring, didn’t read this!  Ishmael who was a descandant by blood of king David followed through on his plot to assasinate Gedeliah.  What a hardened heart he had for he did this very cowardly and deceitfully by faking alliance through dinner and traping them in.  And to make matters worse, Ishmael went out weeping to the eighty traveling worshippers and convinced them to come follow him.  But this too was a trap!  They would slaughter seventy of these men and thrown them into a cistern (pit) after they were dead.  Wow, such evil!  Now, the plot thickens again!  Ishmael proceeded to kidnap the remaining Jews from the city and take them over the Ammonites his ally.  Sidenote: Jeremiah was also one of the captives in this group.  But remember our friend Johanan who had tried to warn Gedeliah in yesterday’s chapter?  Johanan mustered his men and went forth to rescue the captives!  Ishmael escaped, but rather than return to Israel….Johanan began a journey towards Egypt, because he feared a response from the Babylonians.

 

Regarding application…Evil Acted Out.  This is a disturbing reminder of the extent of what we as a sinful people can do to God and to each other.  So many senseless killings…and we have seen this only increase as we live in the End Times.  Don’t give up brothers and sisters in being a light into a every increasing wicked world.  We put our faith in God that He is in control and ultimately…He will avenge His people.  When you look at Ishmael’s heart, it was one of pride and self-entitlement.  He felt he was betrayed and deserved to be the ruler by birthright.  But really…none of us have any rights.  We lay down our rights for the sake of the cross.  We complain that we have the right to be free.  Do we?  We compmlain that we have the right for justice?  Do we?  Let us be humble in all that we do.  It starts with our own selfiish desires that can make our actions evil.  Look into the mirror of your heart and check yourself today!