One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Ezekiel 43-48
“And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness!” ~Ezekiel 43:12
Absolute holiness, with an exclamation point!
In the Old Testament, the Temple was the intersection of heaven and earth, and the unattainable requirement was absolute holiness. However, the limitation of the physical Temple was that it was in a fixed location. So, God came in flesh and blood in the form of Jesus, lived as the intersection of Heaven and Earth among us, and fulfilled the requirements of absolute holiness so that we too might be “Temples of the Holy Spirit.”
As children of God, the New Testament tells us we are Temples made to house the Holy Spirit. Though Jesus’ self-emptying love and by grace, we are saved for the “absolute holiness” which was the basic law of the Temple. We are saved for absolute holiness, and Jesus has already accomplished all the work required!
Absolute holiness, that’s what we’ve been saved for! Absolute holiness, that’s what we are being transformed into because as Temples of the Holy Spirit we are now the intersection of Heaven and Earth. Beyond that, as we follow Jesus we too are called to pour out self-emptying love as a blessing for the world to see His love for them.
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
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