Today’s Reading: Ezek 39:25–40:49, Rev 19:11–20:6, Job 38:25–33
Today’s Theme: Star Creator
It is just amazing to consider that God created the stars and constellations, it is this same powerful God that will restore Israel and defeat evil.
Israel, regathered to God’s glory
when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations.(Ezekiel 39:27, ESV)
Israel will be the vindication of God’s holiness to all nations and at the same time, the act of regathering will be instrumental in Israel themselves being saved.
Set your heart
And the man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.”(Ezekiel 40:4, ESV)
We need to be really deliberate in what we look at and listen to. We should guard our eyes and ears. We should live a life of purpose, setting our hearts to do all that the Lord shows and tells us.
God has detailed plans
The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the breadth twelve cubits, and people would go up to it by ten steps. And there were pillars beside the jambs, one on either side.(Ezekiel 40:49, ESV)
This precise measurement and all the others in this passage, show how precise and detailed God is in His plans. To be so detailed, He needs to be sovereign in power to perform His plan.
The Word of God
He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.(Revelation 19:13, ESV)
The mighty Word of God, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
The final battle
And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.(Revelation 19:19, ESV)
The final great battle where evil will ultimately be defeated.
The devil will be bound
And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,(Revelation 20:2, ESV)
The serpent that became a dragon – the devil – is bound for 1000 years, the enemy is defeated.
The 1st Resurrection
Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.(Revelation 20:6, ESV)
We should live in a way that we are able to be a part of the first resurrection and reign with Christ.
For His own pleasure
to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man,(Job 38:26, ESV)
God does amazing things that no one else will ever see, to bring Himself glory and pleasure.
God controls the stars
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?(Job 38:31, ESV)
These are star constellations, God is the one who breathed the stars into existence.
Constellations created by God
Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?(Job 38:32, ESV)
Star constellations were made by God as signs in the heavens, later corrupted by astrologers when they lost their original meaning.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
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