November 29 | Daily Devotion

November 29 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“So he measured the area on all four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to separate the holy from the common.” ~Ezekiel 42:20

As noted yesterday, it seems best to view Ezekiel’s vision as a God-given dream about complete restoration in the future. Many biblical scholars believe that apocalyptic literature (like that found in Ezekiel and Revelation) uses the familiar to help people get their minds around the otherworldly. (To understand how difficult this is, imagine trying to explain to a medieval villager a flat device that hangs on the wall and shows images of events unfolding on the other side of the world.) God utilizes a beloved, highly-symbolic landmark, Solomon’s Temple, to reveal a gloriously restored future to Ezekiel. The temple of the vision appears to be an elaborate rendition of the one destroyed during Ezekiel’s day.

A day is coming, the Lord reveals, when worship will be completely restored. It will be like the worship experience Ezekiel has come to know and love—with all the beauty of the temple—only better. It will be something like this, but it will be more beautiful and more grand, and it will feel like coming home!

Our expectations for the life to come should be big and bold and beautiful because what we’re looking forward to affects how we live today. Religious philosopher, Peter Kreeft, wrote in his book, Everything You Wanted to Know About Heaven, “Our pictures of Heaven do not move us; they are not moving pictures. It is this aesthetic failure that threatens faith most potently today. Our pictures of Heaven are dull, platitudinous and syrupy; therefore, so is our faith, our hope, and our love of Heaven.” We’re looking forward to a real future restoration. It will be grand and superbly lovely and also familiar and comfortable. God will be present, and that’s a vision to give us hope.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.