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Ezekiel 47:1-48:35

Types and shadows of things to come, that is what the Old Testament contains according to Paul’s letter to the church at Colossi (Col 2:16-18). The design of the temple, the laws and regulations all point to the future in Christ and in Heaven, so I thought as I read the last two chapters of Ezekiel.

What I began thinking of as I read the 47th chapter and continued on to chapter 48, was this: Both the description of this Temple and the water that flowed out, the division of the land apportioned to the 12 tribes was a type of the body of the Believer, our local church bodies as well as the Body of Christ in whole.

Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20 AMP)


So as you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God's sight, you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5 NET.)

Right now upon the earth we are the ones that bring healing to our neighbors, our local bodies bring healing to our communities, states and countries, and the Body of Christ brings healing to a dead and dying world.

Conduct yourselves properly (honorably, righteously) among the Gentiles, so that, although they may slander you as evildoers, [yet] they may by witnessing your good deeds [come to] glorify God in the day of inspection [when God shall look upon you wanderers as a pastor or shepherd looks over his flock]. (1 Peter 2:12 AMP)

As believers, we are each given a role, a purpose to fulfill the call on our lives. Everyone has a purpose our job is to communicate with God in prayer to find out what it is, to find out what part of the Body we belong too.

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5 KJVR)

Proverbs 28:13

13 People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.

Mike, May I throw something in the mix here? I believe confessing our stuff to others is necessary but something else is missing: confessing our “stuff” to ourselves. Too often we think that just telling our sin(s) to others absolves us of dealing with our issues and holding ourselves responsible, not our parents, the neighbor, the frog or the dog. It is only when we accept that we did the deed, and then go on to figure out why, will we break out of the cycle of committing the same sin repeatedly. Let us not fall into the trap of just mowing the lawn of our issues instead of digging deep and pulling out the root.

To all our One-Year-Bible Travelers in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving season, and to all those around the world, Make each and every day a day of Thanksgiving.

Grace and peace,

We should endure both fair and unfair treatment so others will see how we fear and love God.

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