Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 48:35 which says,
“The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.[a]
“And the name of the city from that time on will be:
THE LORD IS THERE.”
Doctrine (what it meant for them): The Lord is telling them that the name of the city from that time on (what this passage is speaking of when it says “that time on” is the time after they com out of captivity and all the tribes get their land) would be “The Lord is there” and the reason for that was because the Lord was with the Israelites. When the Israelites humbled themselves and cried out to the Lord in their captivity the Lord came and rescued them and then they became a city and that city would be called “the Lord is there” and then the Israelites would no that the Lord was there and that they can call to the Lord. The doctrine in this passage is that the Lord is with His people.
The Lord was with His people the Israelites, He helped them out of their captivity, He helped them win battles He helped them with everything that they did as long as they obeyed Him. The Lord was with His people Israel and He is now with us. He helped us our of our captivity by sending a sacrifice that would atone perfectly for our sins, that sacrifice was Jesus Himself who is the son of God and who is perfect. Jesus came down from heaven to atone for our sins because He loved us. He loved us so much that He died a criminals death on the cross. Thank you Jesus.
Evangelism (arguments for unbelievers): The Lord is with His people, He helps them, and His people are Christians. In fact we aren’t only His people, we are His sons and daughters by way of adoption through Christ. We have a rock that is firm, a rock that we can stand upon, whereas unbelievers have sinking-sand as their support. Unbelievers aren’t putting their trust in the Lord, the Lord is not in their hearts like He is with believers. With an unbeliever the Lord is not there, but with a believer He is, how much better is it to be a christian and have a hope that we can lean on.
Exhortation (what we do as believers): As believers we have a rock to lean on, the Lord is with us, but we have to do something too. We have to lean on that rock, if we are being carried away by a flood and there is a stout rock that we can grab onto and that we can stand on we wouldn’t just look at it and say “wow what a sturdy rock, it would be a great foundation to stand on” and then not do anything. We would grab onto that rock to live, and we have to do the same think with Jesus, we should grab onto Him and hold onto Him. That doesn’t mean that we can, if we are true believers, fall away but we can become luke-warm. We should hold onto Christ, and we should worship Him for all that He has done for us.
Exaltation (exalting Christ for what He has done for us): Jesus has done so much for us. He is our sturdy rock that we can stand upon and that we can hold onto if we are falling, He is our savior from sin, He is our Lord that lives in us. Thank you so much Jesus, we should worship Christ for what He has done for us.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your rock?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.