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I agree with you that the measurements God showed Ezekiel are very important and I’m not saying this to help form a chorus of mental assenting but because the Word says they are.

"Son of man, show the temple by your description of it to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure accurately its appearance and plan. And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the form of the temple and the arrangement of it--its exits and its entrances and the whole form of it--all its ordinances and all its forms and all its laws. And write it down in their sight so that they may keep the whole form of it and all the ordinances of it and do them. This is the law of the house [of the Lord]: The whole area round about on the top of the mountain [Mount Moriah] shall be most holy, separated, and set apart. Behold, this is the law of the house [of the Lord]. (Ezekiel 43:10-12 AMP)

There must be something in the numbers and the details that would, or should convict Israel of her sin. Maybe the reason we don’t get it is because we are outside of that culture today and we are missing a “key” understanding to put this together. If the description of the Temple is, “the law of the house of the Lord,” then there is a form, a pattern to it that speaks out to us. We may not understand the description this side of heaven but I believe it is important for us to understand that the description is important even if we don’t get it yet.

And about what it means to be “worldly.” I think our worldliness depends on where our thoughts and ideas come from as well as our motivation. Remember Jesus said he only did what he saw His Father do, He operated from the point of obedience to the Father’s Will not His own will. (John 5:19,20). I believe God ask of us to do the same thing. If we our operating from the “Will of God,” then we are acting completely in Holiness. Most of us reserve some side of ourselves, either a little or a lot, that adheres to God’s Laws and Will, and so we divide ourselves into holy and non-holy.

It is good to do a check on our motivations. Why are we doing what we are doing? Is it something that Jesus would do? Are we doing things to get the glory and to be patted on the back by humans, or are we doing because God has directed us? In truth we don’t like to do, or don’t want to do what God is telling us to do because that will make us unpopular real quick by those in the “world” and those in the church. Our example for that outcome is what happened to Jeremiah when he spoke the Truth in love and to what happened to Jesus. O, we say we admire someone who does things for the right reasons but we really don’t like them because we feel convicted, and we don’t like to feel that way do we? So, we would rather work on changing them then changing us.

And about Happiness:

I just heard someone preach this, well not just, about two months ago. “Stop trying to be happy by doing and getting things. God never promised us happy but He did tell us to be Holy. I have never met an unhappy holy person. Become holy and you will find happiness in your holiness.” In truth, he was talking about people who look toward marriage as a future source of happiness and who think God designed marriage to make us happy. His take was that God designed marriage to make us holy not happy which is a byproduct or fruit of holiness.

And that’s all for now.

Grace and peace,

Mike and everyone,
Mike, thank you for the beautiful clip on Schindler's List. The phrase in the movie "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire" encourages me to look at the importance of bringing one person into the kingdom of God, to share the Gospel with one, to do bible study with one.
Today got to look deeper regarding this verse:
James 5:13 Amplified Bible
13 Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God].
From, the sermon "THE EPISTLE OF JAMES" A Call To Prayer And Praise (5:13-18), I'm reminded to consider the attitude of David, the singer of Israel (all verses below in NASB) -
Psalm 92:1-2
Praise for the Lord’s Goodness. A Psalm, a Song for the Sabbath day.
1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night,
Psalm 96:1-2
A Call to Worship the Lord the Righteous Judge.
1 Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Psalm 101:1
The Psalmist’s Profession of Uprightness. A Psalm of David.
1 I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
Psalm 111:1
The Lord Praised for His Goodness.
1 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
Psalm 113:1-3
The Lord Exalts the Humble.
1 Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forever.
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the Lord is to be praised.
Psalm 146:1-2
The Lord an Abundant Helper.
1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Psalm 147:1
Praise for Jerusalem’s Restoration and Prosperity.
1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
Psalm 149:1
Israel Invoked to Praise the Lord.
1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.

In this season of Thanksgiving, as believers we are blessed to know Who we express our thanks, praises, and appreciation to.
Mike, may our God continue to bless you, give you wisdom and encourage you as you serve Him and serve us on this blog;
may God bless that this blog will bring His Word the Truth to the far corners of the earth, and bring many to revere Him and His Word,
in Jesus' Name, amen.

God bless, everyone!

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