In the reading of the Bible one thing that stands out to me is that God is about His own glory. Now for a man or woman to be about themselves we call that arrogance, pride, no good even. Yet, for the Creator who has made all things, and seeing how He also loves the people He has made; and also seeing Him as holy, righteous, and just; we can see that He has every right, even right or power, to promote Himself. There is no other like Him.
In my reading this morning I only read 11 chapters rather than the usual 14. I finished the prophecy of Ezekiel. The judgment which God brought upon Israel/Judah is due to their rebellion, worshipping false gods, erecting idols along side the only God, and the people being downright unholy, unjust, and unrighteous with God and other people; even their own people.
In chapters 38 – 39 we read five more times, and a sixth which is not worded quite the same;
“Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 38:23 (KJV)
“And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. So will I make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” 39:6-7
“So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.” 39:22
“Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.” 39:28
“And thou shalt come up against My people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” 38:16
Ezekiel is taken by the LORD in a vision to the city of Jerusalem and to the temple. There he meets a man with measuring rod, and measures the city and the temple. One of the things we can see about this is that in the worship of the LORD our worship is to be patterned after His design not of our own making. It is measured out to give God glory, honor, power and blessing. He will receive no worship which is not after His fashion, in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
In the vision the LORD also gives Ezekiel the land allotments for the twelve tribes, for the city, and for the temple.
The final verse of Ezekiel tells us –
“It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.” 48:35
“The LORD is there”. What a wonderful name for the place where people of all tribes, tongues and nations will be able to gather to worship the Creator of all that is; both the seen and the unseen. He has made a way for you to be there by way of the cross of Jesus Christ. Only through the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Christ will you be able to attend and receive blessing, and rest in His glory.
-Tim A. Blankenship