Today you should read: Ezekiel 10
What an amazing picture this passage would be to see in real life. Could you imagine it? Looking at the temple where God’s glory resides and, all of a sudden, that glory begins to move out and is suddenly gone. For the people of Israel, having God’s presence there with them in the temple was everything. It was their symbol of protection, provision and victory. Without it they would be hopeless, helpless and lost.
What is really interesting in the passage today, however, is this man in linen clothing. He comes seemingly out of nowhere and is involved in a remarkable transition that much of Israel will miss but will change the world forever. It is found in John 1:
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. (John 1:14 NLT)
God had a new plan for His presence to be among His people. No longer would He be hidden in a cloud in the temple. No longer would He be unapproachable. This “man in linen clothing” would be to us “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). God was coming to be with His people. What an amazing thought and truth for us to ponder today.
In Jesus, we have the presence of the God of the universe with us, Emmanuel (God with us)
Let that sink in as you go about your day today. Remember that Jesus is with you wherever you go and that He is the new and better presence of God to us. Not veiled in a temple in unapproachable light but one we can come to boldly and confidently and one with whom we can have relationship with.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd