Daily Devotion

Ezekiel 47:1-12

The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits[a] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep.  He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist.  He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.  He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river.  When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.  He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.  Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

Reflection

Ezekiel 47:1-12 is a continuation of the vision of a new temple in chapters 40-46. Ezekiel saw something that never existed in the temple before: a river flowing directly from the temple. Ezekiel uses this imagery to affirm that the new temple, like the old, will be a font of blessing for Israel.” According to David Guzik, “Significantly, the river does not come from a king’s palace or a government building. It doesn’t come from a marketplace, a place of business, or an athletic arena. It comes from God’s house.” This text reminds me of the Garden of Eden experiences where they were streams of water flowing from it. These were the streams that watered the beautiful garden and that beautiful picture was lost because of sinful nature. The blessings of everlasting lives and God´s providence were lost over time because of sinning. In today´s text, we see a restoration of those golden days in the Garden of Eden. The only source of restoration of these golden days is none other than God himself represented by the image of the temple, not the palace nor the banks or financial institutions. It’s a text that comes to us during this advent period to remind us that only true salvation comes from God who came to redeem us at Christmas. This is a period to prepare our hearts to receive him when he finally comes on his second coming  

Collect

The Almighty God bless us with his grace: Christ give us the joys of everlasting life: and unto the fellowship of the citizens above may the King of Angels bring us all. Amen.

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