November 27, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 43

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SAA Notes

The Glory returns! We know the joy that the Apostles felt when Jesus rose again! Jesus’ atonement is one cornerstone of the true Temple. Read Hebrews 7:27,28.

SJA Notes

* God Above, thank You for Your word. Please teach us from it today.

“… and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.”

Ezekiel had borne witness to the glory of the Lord leaving the temple in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 10).

In today’s passage we see the glory of the Lord coming to rest and filling this new (not made with human hands, instead heavenly reality) temple.

God’s glory is a significant concept.

When the Lord met with Moses on the mountain, it was the _train_ of His glory that Moses saw (Exodus 33).

At the dedication of the temple built by King Solomon, the glory of the LORD filled that earthly-built temple (2 Chronicles 7).

God has GLORY in and of Himself. He manifests the full truth of what glory means, without any human interaction or intervention, such that our humanity cannot be in the presence of this glory and live.

And yet.

This heavenly-reality temple is where God rests His glory.

This Zion where the cornerstone was placed by God (1 Peter 2), where we are living stones being built up as a spiritual house.

This now and not yet deep truth, that God will dwell with us, in us! We the mini-tabernacles of His presence, God making His home in us (John 14).

So while we humanity cannot approach God’s glory and live, God approaches us through Jesus, living in us, His glory come to shine bright through frail clay jars.

This is our God, this is His glory!

* Father God,

Thank You that through Jesus You come and make Your home in us.

Thank You that we are able to dwell with Your glory and not die, but instead in Your steadfast love and faithfulness, we have life … And life to the full!

Amen.

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