Protection, prosperity and health…

Ezekiel 41:13-26

So he measured the temple, one hundred cubits long; and the separating courtyard with the building and its walls was one hundred cubits long; 14 also the width of the eastern face of the temple, including the separating courtyard, was one hundred cubits. 15 He measured the length of the building behind it, facing the separating courtyard, with its galleries on the one side and on the other side, one hundred cubits, as well as the inner temple and the porches of the court, 16 their doorposts and the beveled window frames. And the galleries all around their three stories opposite the threshold were paneled with wood from the ground to the windows—the windows were covered— 17 from the space above the door, even to the inner room, [fn2] as well as outside, and on every wall all around, inside and outside, by measure.

18 And it was made with cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces, 19 so that the face of a man was toward a palm tree on one side, and the face of a young lion toward a palm tree on the other side; thus it was made throughout the temple all around. 20 From the floor to the space above the door, and on the wall of the sanctuary, cherubim and palm trees were carved.

21 The doorposts of the temple were square, as was the front of the sanctuary; their appearance was similar. 22 The altar was of wood, three cubits high, and its length two cubits. Its corners, its length, and its sides were of wood; and he said to me, “This is the table that is before the LORD.”

23 The temple and the sanctuary had two doors. 24 The doors had two panels apiece, two folding panels: two panels for one door and two panels for the other door. 25 Cherubim and palm trees were carved on the doors of the temple just as they were carved on the walls. A wooden canopy was on the front of the vestibule outside. 26 There were beveled window frames and palm trees on one side and on the other, on the sides of the vestibule—also on the side chambers of the temple and on the canopies.

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Lets consider the use of cherubim with two faces, one of a man and one of a lion and the use of palm trees to decorate the interior.  Jesus was God come to us as a man; he was also called the Lion of Judah.

“…1John 4:2 and 3 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,  and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the [spirit] of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

John 1:10 – 12, 14 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.   But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth….”

Revelation 5:5  But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”…”

The palms were used at His triumphal entry into Jerusalem to pave the road.  They are seen as a symbol of health and prosperity.

“…Psalm  92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon….”

Through Christ we have protection, note reference to the lion, and we have prosperity and health, note the palm.  We have much to be thankful for as His people.  The promise is so genuine and lasting the symbols are used to decorate the temple, reminders of His faithfulness to us.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Regrets, deep mourning…?

Ezekiel 19

“Moreover take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 2 and say:

​‘​What is your mother? A lioness:

​​She lay down among the lions;

​​Among the young lions she nourished her cubs.

3 ​​She brought up one of her cubs,

​​And he became a young lion;

​​He learned to catch prey,

​​And he devoured men.

4 ​​The nations also heard of him;

​​He was trapped in their pit,

​​And they brought him with chains to the land of Egypt.

5 ​‘​When she saw that she waited, that her hope was lost,

​​She took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.

6 ​​He roved among the lions,

​​And became a young lion;

​​He learned to catch prey;

​​He devoured men.

7 ​​He knew their desolate places, [fn1]

​​And laid waste their cities;

​​The land with its fullness was desolated

​​By the noise of his roaring.

8 ​​Then the nations set against him from the provinces on every side,

​​And spread their net over him;

​​He was trapped in their pit.

9 ​​They put him in a cage with chains,

​​And brought him to the king of Babylon;

​​They brought him in nets,

​​That his voice should no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel.

10 ​‘​Your mother was like a vine in your bloodline, [fn2]

​​Planted by the waters,

​​Fruitful and full of branches

​​Because of many waters.

11 ​​She had strong branches for scepters of rulers.

​​She towered in stature above the thick branches,

​​And was seen in her height amid the dense foliage.

12 ​​But she was plucked up in fury,

​​She was cast down to the ground,

​​And the east wind dried her fruit.

​​Her strong branches were broken and withered;

​​The fire consumed them.

13 ​​And now she is planted in the wilderness,

​​In a dry and thirsty land.

14 ​​Fire has come out from a rod of her branches

​​And devoured her fruit,

​​So that she has no strong branch— a scepter for ruling.’ ”

This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.

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Several points are made in the lament.  One, the lions (leaders) did no good.  Their fruit was destruction.

 

Second, the vine came from within and had fruit, but was high-minded, lifting itself above the rest of the foliage (pride).  Both were brought down.

taken from Creative Jewish Mom

taken from Creative Jewish Mom

taken from Creative Jewish Mom

And finally, the agent of defeat came from within.  A rod from the vine spread the fire that consumed it and there was no fruit left, no branches for a scepter for ruling(no more leaders).  This was a people who had once followed the Lord’s commands.  This was a people who had once expressed their love for him in song and dancing.  This was a people who placed their faith and trust in the Sovereign Lord and were blessed abundantly for it.  These same ones became a people who began to place their trust in themselves because of their blessings.  The deception of the enemy of the soul is clearly presented.  When we are blessed we need to be sure to continue to thank the one who blesses us.  We cannot give in to the temptation to begin to believe that our blessings are our own doing.  Ezekiel gives us a warning and quite the picture of what happens when a people take their prosperity and blessings sent through their relationship with the Creator and turn it around saying it is their own doing, their own strength, their own intellect.  All things come from the Lord.  He is worthy of our praise.

The Lord says:

“…Why will you die…for I take no pleasure in the death of anyone.  Repent and Live! …”

But when the voice of God is ignored or rejected he laments:

“…This is a lament and will be used as a lament. …”

The lament gives reason for and result of consequences that come when the Sovereign Lord is rejected.

Faith pleases God.  Faith that says: “I believe God.”  When we take him at his word and see the coming judgment placed alongside the life and freedom in Christ, the decision is not difficult.  When we see…

“Seeing is believing…”

In the lament we see the penalty for sin administered.  There is death, destruction, and imprisonment.  Darkness mingled with sorrow.  When the light of faith shines bright, we see the darkness  dispelled; what was destroyed  rebuilt, and what was in bondage  set free.

 “Repent and live!”  Words of the Sovereign Lord.