Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 259

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Welcome to Day 259 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Ezekiel 40; Ezekiel 41; Psalms 128; Revelation 21 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Ezekiel 40:4, “Look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you..”

Ezekiel 41, more temple measurements from Ezekiel’s vision.

Psalm 128:1, “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”

Revelation 21:3, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

6 “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”

O bservation

Interesting that Ezekiel is given a vision of the new temple and John is given a vision of the New Jerusalem.

A pplication

“It is done.”

This same phrase was uttered on the cross, now again as the final scene in heaven plays out. A new heaven and a new earth! All things under his dominion. The New Jerusalem…

As important as the church is, make no mistake, Israel/Jerusalem is still the apple of his eye. His glorious bride, the church, is now included, but his everlasting covenant is with Israel. (Like an addendum to a contract, perhaps?)

Keep in mind, God sees two kinds of people. Jews and Gentiles. The circumcised of heart, and those not. Those who love and serve him, and those who don’t. Those who have accepted him (Christ), and those who have not.

Jesus talked an awful lot about “coming to his own and his own rejecting him.” He wept over Jerusalem. And his own rejected him… the religious leaders crucified him.

“It is done.”

Christ now (in Revelation) has renovated heaven and earth where he will rule and reign for a thousand years. With satan having been thrown into the lake of fire, there is no more tears, or crying or pain. All things will have been made right once again.

People often think of Jesus as the Lamb of God, forgetting that he is also the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!

“It is done.”

P rayer

Thank you Lord that we know how the story ends! Our enemy is defeated and you are on the throne!

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5 thoughts on “Day 259

  1. Marcia zecchini on said:

    Wow. Love Revelation 21, especially beginning in verse 22. I saw no temple in it for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or moon to shine in it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and it’s lamp is the Lamb.
    There is no temple because God is everywhere. Nothing will keep us from worshipping Him.
    Lord we live in a world of distractions. Worship has to be so purposeful, and my worship is seldom without distraction or time limits. I am encouraged that there is coming a time when the old things will pass away and You will make all things new. We will be in your presence and the worship will flow. No hurry no rush And the New Jerusalem will last forever. I love a good plan.

  2. Mark Long on said:

    I was struggling when trying to visualize the temple in Ezekiel so I found this. I’m not sure of the accuracy, but it gave me a visual reference.

  3. Mark Long on said:

    I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. (Revelation 21:22, 23 NIV84)

    Thank you Lord for being the real temple and being the real light that shines on those who know you. Help us to walk in your light, not the worldly light of the sun and the moon.

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