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Ezekiel 44-45:12

The following verses really caught my eye and I do not know why. I believe there is something really important in them though the directions given seem so trivial.

When they enter the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed in linen garments; no wool shall be on them while they minister at the gates of the inner court and within the temple. They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything that causes [them to] sweat.
(Ezekiel 44:17-18 AMP)

We have this saying, “The devil is in the details.” Maybe we need to change this to God is in the details as we saw in the recording of the exact measurements in the “new” Temple yesterday. As I read the above passage the words of Jesus came into my mind,

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
(Matthew 11:29-30 AMP)

If you are not “sweating” in your duties the implication is that your duties are not burdensome or hard. Could that be why God commanded the priest to wear linen, fine linen, a fabric than lends itself to hot summer days and is cool looking, wrinkles and all.

1 Peter 1:1-12

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory. They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven things angels long to catch a glimpse of.
(1 Peter 1:10-12 NET.)

We are a selfish bunch, me included. Here the prophets looked ahead to the coming generations and endured rejection, rebuke and yes, even death to deliver a message, a hope and promise that they would not take part in, nor see. How many of us look forward in time to the next generation? We sacrifice our children on our altars of pleasure and comfort.

We cut off their vision to the future for our selfishness. We can give the appearance that what we are doing is really for the coming generations but we lie to them and worst, to ourselves. (Psalm 119:29). It’s all about me, myself and I, the unholy trinity. We just gotta feel good.


The 29th verse also says on the flip side, that knowing God, and His law keeps us from lying to ourselves.
“Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your law.”

So if we don’t want to be self-deceptive, then we draw near to God by staying attached to the Vine that is Christ.

Grace and peace,

Ramona

The idea of receiving an inheritance after one suffers for Jesus is not really appealing. It is something like going to the dentist. You suffer for a while but you know it is less pain in the long run. A lot of people may find this appealing but not me. I still hate going to the dentist. I don't think being a Christian should be like going to the dentist.
Our job as Christians is making the world around us into heaven. Spreading the Gospel of love, joy, peace, and forgiveness! Our long suffering and patience may develop as a result of people not receiving the Gospel and Jesus Christ as they should, even taking advantage of us and thinking of us as fools. The point is that heaven does not begin when we die but it begins with us and only continues when we reach the other side.

Hi Mike,
What a blessing this blog is. I have been reading the One Year Bible for 3 years now, and I just stumbled across this yesterday. Great pictures and great insights. Its amazing how much insight the Lord has given you in 8 years of being a Christian. I was saved in 2002 (just turned 8 years in the Lord myself), and wish I have grown more over the past 8 years. I feel like I wasted many years and still waste time. Either way, your an encouragement Mike and keep going strong in the Lord!

Hello! New reader here! (New to the blog, not to the One Year Bible).

The verse I noticed today was verse 1:7, "These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

I am fascinated by the Biblical images of the refining power of fire. Going through a fire and coming out again, not just alive but more alive, more real, is such an incredibly powerful image of our rebirth in Christ. But today's verse makes clear that the refining of earthly metals by earthly fire, as powerful as that is, is only a weak and perishing refinement compared to the refinement that is our gift from God.

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