Week 31 “Filled with Glory”
Today’s Text: Ezekiel 43-48
Key Text: Ezekiel 43:1
“Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when he came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown. The glory of the LORD entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.”
In this wonderful vision we see the dramatic effect of God’s glory upon the temple – something which had been missing from the temple.
Look again at the dramatic imagery:
- His voice was like the roar of rushing waters
- The land was radiant
- The Spirit lifted him up
- Glory filled the temple
Do we experience something anywhere near that dramatic in our own “temple” experience? Sadly, many do not.
I understand that not all gatherings of God’s people can be “mountain top” experiences. In fact, when we try to force such an experience, it often falls flat.
On the other hand, we should always remember that when we describe God as “powerful” or “awesome” or “awe inspiring” we aren’t just throwing around fancy words for effect.
God is all of those things – powerful, righteous, holy, and awesome. His glory can – and should – fill our worship experience.
Perhaps it comes down to this.
We must never take God’s glory for granted.
We must never thing we are in control of bringing it into our midst.
“The Spirit blows where it will…”
When it comes – we should simply give thanks for the experience.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.