DISCLAIMER: Believe it or not, I unplugged for a few days this holiday weekend and wasn’t able to post Friday’s commentary by Chris Queen. This is a great post. And I wanted to make sure you guys were able to read it today. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Ezekiel has been a fun and educational read. I hope you are gleaning some serious knowledge from it. Be challenged!
(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
As we’re closing out Ezekiel, we’ve been reading as Ezekiel gets instructions on the measurements of the temple and instructions for worship. In chapter 47, Ezekiel notices a trickle of water coming out of the temple, and that trickle eventually turns into a huge river!
6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 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.9 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. 10 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. 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12 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.”
I really love the imagery here. I picture a bunch of people laughing and having fun on the river. I envision fisherman enjoying their catch. I see people splashing around and relishing each other’s company. I imagine people walking up to these trees, picking the juiciest, sweetest fruit for their pleasure. It’s a peaceful scene.
Is this a prophecy about the New Jerusalem (Heaven)? Is it a metaphor? Is it an object lesson? We can’t be sure. But what we can take away from this for sure is that, in this life and the next, we love and serve and follow a God who takes care of our needs – in this life and in the eternal one that awaits.
Do you believe God takes care of your needs? If so, then take a moment to thank God for His provision. Express your gratitude for what He does for you. Make it an everyday practice to spend time in praise and thankfulness. You’ll see the difference it makes in your day.