Don’t get too comfortable
Ezekiel chapter 40 begins by telling us that the Israelites had been in Exile for 25 years. That’s time enough to figure out how to make the best of a bad situation. Plenty long enough to learn the language, the customs of this foreign land they’ve been carted off to. They’ve figured out by now that helping their captives succeed, improves their lives. The real feelings of anger, resentment and grief have dissipated as they watch their children grow up is this strange culture, have families and even do well. Israel and the temple are distant fuzzy memories. Life was really hard when they were first exiled, but now they know not only how to make lemonade from lemons, but their lemon orchards are flourishing.
Ezekiel has a vision that is mind numbing with details that only an architect could love. These design plans for the new temple is off the charts huge. Its scope is way beyond Solomon’s temple.
Basically, Ezekiel is saying, “Just because you’re figured out how to have not only a decent, but a meaningful life while in exile, don’t get too comfortable. The next life God has planned for you is amazing in ways you can’t wrap you’re brain around.” Often life as we know it comes to an end. Because God keeps God’s promises eventually we find ourselves in a new place that exceeds our expectations. Whenever we are struggling with letting go of what used to be, remember God has something we could never imagine in store for us.
Ann Bassett is the Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, TN
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