“In visions of God He took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city. He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand. The man said to me, ‘Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.’ ” Ezekiel 40:2 – 4 NIV
Ezekiel has been given another vision by God. In this one, he is transported to the land of Israel and is guided by an angel, in the form of a man, who gives him precise measurements of a future temple. According to the Bible commentary I referenced*, this is a vision of the earthly, millennial temple after the Messiah comes and destroys the ungodly.
What struck me from the very go of these chapters were the first 4 verses. First I imagined how thrilling it must have been to be transported by vision to another city and meeting up with “a man whose appearance was like bronze”. Then I read a couple more lines down and I was struck with the realization that I have been shown great things in my life. They have not been visions, but God has done amazing things for me and in the lives of those around me. First and foremost, He saved my life from the pit by His death & resurrection. That’s pretty amazing! How many people have I shared that with?
Then, while doing a Bible lesson with my 8 year-old daughter this week, I was convicted again of the responsibility I have of sharing my faith with others. We have a letter from the most important “person” in the whole world right at our fingertips. What I am I doing with the things that I have been told through that letter and the love that I have experienced from the Author of that letter? If I had received a letter from a movie star or a president, wouldn’t I be carrying it around, showing all my friends how cool it was. How much cooler is it that the God of the whole universe, the Creator of everything wrote me a letter…a love letter at that! Why am I so hesitant to share the love and hope that letter holds?
I am so sorry for not sharing Your love and the good news of Your Holy Word often enough. How amazing it is that I hold the most important love letter in the whole universe in the palms of my hands! Thank you for the gift of the Bible and how You so poignantly speak to me through it. Please help me to take its importance in my life and the way it can impact those around me very seriously! I want to be a powerful witness for You, but on my own I am so weak. I need You to empower me and set up those God appointments that I just can’t overlook.
– Beckie (look2thehills)
* The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur