“Blessed be the glory of the LORD from its place.” Ezekiel 3:12
I had to laugh this morning. God is so amazingly awesome! Yesterday’s reading was supposed to be Exodus 39:1-40:38
Ezekiel 1:1-28, but I only read the end of Exodus. I have the daily readings marked in my Bible and I had forgotten to write “to finish go to Ezekiel”. But my Oops was a VERY purposeful thing by God. It made yesterday’s reading 2 columns shorter, which I needed yesterday for timing. Then, it made today’s reading 2 columns longer, which I NEEDED today! J It also created this beautiful pause between days that allowed yesterday’s message to sink in before I entered into today’s. “Blessed be the glory of the LORD from its place [IN ME].”
What was it that we learned yesterday? The glory of the LORD dwells in ME! And then, those 2 columns from yesterday that didn’t get read until today are a physical description of the glory of God seated on His throne, which dwells INSIDE us!
“And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire, and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was a brightness around Him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.” Ezekiel 1:26-28
The mention of “the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain,” calls back to Noah and the ark! In Genesis 9:11-17 God says,
“I establish My covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds. I will remember My covenant that is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
As I writer, the things I write are from my heart, they are dear to me. Yet there are times when I go down rabbit trails and write things that are dear to my heart, that I need to say and hear, yet they stray and distract from the core of the message and as a good writing teacher I’m forced to delete them. There is no way to describe how difficult this is to do. It’s editing, plain and simple, but it’s not simple, it’s hard!
God created and CARES about all that life that was deleted in the flood. There is no way to imagine how hard that was for Him to do. But it was necessary in order to get the core of His message across to “all future generations”. There is an ark of deliverance from the complete destruction of the wrath of God, JESUS!
And in today’s reading we find that God didn’t just rely on the rainbows that we see from time to time, to remind Him of His promise to us. He SURROUNDED His very throne with a rainbow in order to remind and comfort Himself that He would never have to do that again. He wants to be constantly reminded of the promise He made to us; the promise of the hope of salvation through Christ and His eternal Grace.
That flood destroyed ALL flesh from the earth, yet God circled Himself with the promise of that crown of thorns that sat upon His own brow in order to reverse the curse and save ALL flesh from complete destruction forevermore. And because “it is FINISHED” (John 19:30), the glory of His promised Spirit lives in us and surrounds the throne in our spirit with that very same rainbow of promise!
JESUS IS ALIVE!
He is risen from the grave, our debt has been paid, His flesh took the punishment for our sin.
YOU HAVE BEEN REDEEMED!
And He LIVES in YOU! Praise be to God! He is our shield and rampart, our fortress of strength when we are weak; and He lives in us!