Today in the new temple vision, Ezekiel sees a stream of water flowing from the temple and out the east gate. The stream turns into a great river. The Lord says when the water reaches the sea, it’s waters are healed. “And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever they may go, will live”; indicating the regeneration that will occur during the time of the new temple. At the end of the Story, John will have a similar vision. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2).
Then the Lord shows Ezekiel the boundaries of the land that will be divided equally among the 12 tribes of Israel. The boundaries correspond with the land boundaries He gave Moses back in the wilderness (Numbers 34). The Lord not only provides land for the 12 tribes of Israel but also “for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you…they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.” The Lord allocates a gate to each of the 12 sons of Jacob which surround the new city and He calls the city THE LORD IS THERE.
We conclude the Book of Ezekiel by reading his last oracle which says that Nebuchadnezzar is going to conquer Egypt. According to the ESV Study Bible, this prophesy was given in 571 B.C. and Nebuchadnezzar conquered Egypt in 568 B.C.
Today’s reading ends with us seeing God’s faithfulness to King David’s bloodline. Evil-Merodach, king of Babylon, releases Jehoiachin, former king of Judah, from prison “and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon… all the days of his life.”
Tomorrow Daniel receives some visions from the Lord. Keep reading.
(Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, Ezekiel 28:17-30:19, 2 Kings 25:27-30, Jeremiah 52:31-34)