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September 5th, 2015

A Sanctuary to Them

“Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’” Ezekiel 11:16 (ESV)

This morning we arrive at a turning point both in the prophecy of Ezekiel and, to a larger extent, for the people of Israel. After seeing the impending destruction of his people, Ezekiel cries out in 11:13 to the Lord asking Him if He will fully eradicate the “remnant of Israel.” In response, the Lord introduces a new dynamic in terms of His relationship with His people. No longer will His presence be confined to a place; rather, in the midst of their dispersion, the Lord will still be a sanctuary for His people. He will be with them even in their judgment; He will be with them in the absence of a temple. This truth is a very important truth for a people whose identity was tied to this sacred building. How could they be the people of God without the presence of God in their midst, signified by the temple? The temple does not matter any longer, though, for the Lord is omnipresent and His people are more than a building. They are His people because of His presence upon them, and He can go with them anywhere.

We must be careful as God’s people to not fall into the same trap into which Israel fell, equating God’s presence with a building. Too many times we characterize the “church” as the place where God’s presence resides, seeing it as a sacred place unto itself. We must remember, though, that the only reason the buildings in which we meet have any significance is because of its sanctified inhabitants. We are the Church and the presence of God is in us! He is our sanctuary both inside our walls and without. Recognize the presence of God in your life today. Everywhere you go is a holy place, for the Lord, your God, is with you.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, September 5th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Ezekiel, Presence of God, Sanctuary.
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September 5th, 2012

I Have Been a Sanctuary to Them.

“Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’” Ezekiel 11:16 (ESV)

This morning we arrive at a turning point both in the prophecy of Ezekiel and, to a larger extent, for the people of Israel. After seeing the impending destruction of his people, Ezekiel cries out in 11:13 to the Lord asking Him if He will fully eradicate the “remnant of Israel.” In response, the Lord introduces a new dynamic in terms of His relationship with His people. No longer will His presence be confined to a place; rather, in the midst of their dispersion, the Lord will still be a sanctuary for His people. He will be with them even in their judgment; He will be with them in the absence of a temple. This truth is a very important truth for a people whose identity was tied to this sacred building. How could they be the people of God without the presence of God in their midst, signified by the temple? The temple does not matter any longer, though, for the Lord is omnipresent and His people are more than a building. They are His people because of His presence upon them, and He can go with them anywhere.

We must be careful as God’s people to not fall into the same trap into which Israel fell, equating God’s presence with a building. Too many times we characterize the “church” as the place where God’s presence resides, seeing it as a sacred place unto itself. We must remember, though, that the only reason the buildings in which we meet have any significance is because of its sanctified inhabitants. We are the Church and the presence of God is in us! He is our sanctuary both inside our walls and without. Recognize the presence of God in your life today. Everywhere you go is a holy place, for the Lord, your God, is with you.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 241: Ezekiel 9-12)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Ezekiel, Presence of God, Sanctuary.
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