Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Laws in Heaven

September 10: Ezekiel 42-43

1 Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east. 2 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. 3 And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal. And I fell on my face. 4 As the glory of the Lord entered the temple by the gate facing east, 5 the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

6 While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple, 7 and he said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel forever.

10 “As for you, son of man, describe to the house of Israel the temple, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and they shall measure the plan. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple, its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, that is, its whole design; and make known to them as well all its statutes and its whole design and all its laws, and write it down in their sight, so that they may observe all its laws and all its statutes and carry them out. 12 This is the law of the temple: the whole territory on the top of the mountain all around shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.
Ezekiel 43:1-71 & 10-12

Laws in Heaven

Do you think there will be laws in heaven? If so, do you think we will mind?

At the beginning of Ezekiel 43, as Ezekiel was standing by the East Gate, he looked up and saw the glory of the Lord coming from the east with the sound of many waters, shaking the earth with His glory. In response, Ezekiel fell upon his face; the Spirit of God lifted him up and brought him to the temple which was filled with the glory of the Lord.

After explaining to Ezekiel that this would be the house where God will dwell with Israel forever, he tells Ezekiel to go back and describe this temple to the Israelites in captivity. Why? He wants the Israelites to know the design of the temple so that they will be ashamed of their sins and turn from them. Ezekiel is to explain to them all of the laws and statutes of the temple so that they may begin to do them.

I find that quite interesting; in reality, this is another test for the nation of Israel. When Ezekiel describes in detail the design of this new temple, as well as its statutes, they are to recognize God and to begin to carry out the temple laws.

Will there be laws in heaven? Yes, we will be commanded to worship God in all of His righteousness and holiness. Will this be a burden to us? No, it will never be a burden for we will count it all joy to have the privilege of worshiping and serving our eternal God and Creator forever! When we enter the gates of heaven we will cast our crowns at our Savior's feet and fall down and worship Him.

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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