Commentary: Ezekiel43-45. The glory of the Lord will only manifest in that which He instructed and carried out according to His rules.
Ezekiel 43:1-2 “Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.”
The glory of the Lord is His brightness, righteousness, beauty and the extension of His kingdom.
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Nothing on earth could be used to describe it even if any man had been privileged to witness a blink of it, he still cannot fully describe it. It is best experienced than described because that glory will change the person just as it did to Moses.
2 Samuel 22:13 “Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.”
The person who has been to the high mountain of the Lord will definitely carry this grace of His glory.
Psalms 24:3-6 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.”
This glory is not for those who seek for the praise of men, self recognition or position; in general, vanity. It is for the humble in heart like Ezekiel. It is a great blessing to receive the privilege to access His presence.
The Holy Spirit, which we desire to come into us, brings in this glory because we are His temple. Before a man becomes born again, the state was like the ruined temple before Zerubabbel led the repair. Man was wholly corrupted and filthy in his own sinful ways. After giving the life to Jesus, the Holy Spirit starts the renewing work just as the revelation given to Ezekiel was a kind of work that needed to be done; things must be put in proper places. The messages and teachings in theological schools are the instruments for this renewal. Growing in this grace makes a man to be available for the glory to fully come in, and without the fullness of His glory, we can’t hear the true voice of God.
Ezekiel 43:4-6 “And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.”
This happened in the upper chamber as well.
Acts 2:2-4 “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
If you have received Jesus as your savior, don’t stay there but move to the next stage seeking for the renewal of the mind and spirit. The process is by gradual patterning of your life with the word of God; no hatred, prejudice, malice, pride, anger, rage, jealousy, rivalry, bitterness, unforgiving, rancor and strife. Evidence of this work in your life is that His glory fills you and consequently, the voice of God will not be scarce in your life. The number of years as a Christian does not matter, neither the title you are decorated with; what matters is how much you have grown in grace. God will only establish His throne in the heart that has grown in grace (i.e. renewed mind) and not in position.
Ezekiel 43:7 “And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.”
Compare with these scriptures;
Psalms 34:18 “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Isaiah 66:2 “For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”
Is your life following the law of the temple? Holiness within and around.
Ezekiel 43:12 “This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ezekiel46-48. Keep the fire of burning and alive.