By Mike Chaffin
All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.” Ezekiel 48:35
The last chapter in Ezekiel sum up the size of the new Jerusalem. The last words announce something much bigger than the size of the city. Much more important are the very last words; THE LORD IS THERE! No finer words have ever been spoken.
Where the LORD is, is where I want to be.
Ezekiel had an amazing encounter with the LORD while in exile. He was told to prophecy to the exiled and to those still in Jerusalem. Ezekiel had to tell them what was happening and what was going to happen. He told them to turn to God and get a new heart. God would take their heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh.
Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 11:19-21
In a later conversation God tells Ezekiel to preach to the lost, for He has no pleasure in the death of anyone. He wants all to come to him for salvation, for that new heart filled with the Holy Spirit.
The final words are a promise for all those who believe. It will be glorious.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you love us so much that you sent prophets to tell us to repent. You sent your son Jesus to die for our sins so that we may have that new heart and have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all righteousness. You taught us that the kingdom of God is here. We can be with you now, through accepting you as our savior and having the Holy Spirit live in us. Thank you. In Jesus name, amen.