Monday, September 17, 2012
Welcome to Day 260 of our Life Journal!
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
Thanks to Mark Long for posting this link that has an architectural depiction of the temple in Ezekiel’s vision! CLICK HERE to go to the web site.
Chapters 40-46 of Ezekiel could be outlined as “True worship returns in Israel.”
Ezekiel 42:14, “Once the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into the outer court until they leave behind the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they go near the places that are for the people.”
Ezekiel 43:4, “The glory of the Lord entered the temple…”
Ezekiel 44:23, “They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.”
Revelation 22:12, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
17 “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”
After a terrible time of judgment upon the earth, a time of great peace… with a new heaven and a new earth. No more tears or crying or pain. God is with his people.
I love this invitation… “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”
All are invited, “Whoever.”
An open invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
But you must have a ticket. The price of admission is our life, surrendered to Him. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9.
There is no other way. No other Savior.
I once had a guy tell me he didn’t want to be saved, he just wanted “some religion.”
He’s in for a big surprise someday…
“The free gift of the water of life…” flowing from the throne on which Jesus (and/or) the Father sits.
I want to partake of this water. To drink from it. To be washed clean by it.
Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4 that if she knew with whom she was talking, she would ask him and he would give her “living water.”
Out of us, he said, would flow “rivers of living water.” John 7:38.
Are you thirsty? Come and drink.
Do you need forgiveness? To be washed clean? Come and be cleansed.
… and out of you will flow rivers of living water!
Thank you Lord for this invitation, available to all!