Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of September

Sep 12, 2017 by

Verses:

Ezek. 43:10-11 “You, O son of man, describe the house to the house of Israel, …and let them measure the pattern….Make known to them the design of the house, its arrangement, its exits, its entrances, its whole design, and all its statutes…”

 

Excerpts:

The Lord did not charge Ezekiel to teach God’s people the law and the Ten Commandments as He had charged Moses. Rather, He told Ezekiel to show God’s house to the people. Here the Lord seemed to be saying, “From now on, it is a matter not of the dispensation of the law but of the dispensation of My house. Simply to keep the law is not good enough. You have to keep the form, the fashion, the ordinances, the statutes, the laws, the comings in, and the goings out related to the house. You should behave not merely according to the Ten Commandments but also according to My house”

 

Today the Lord’s concern is not the law—it is the house. His concern is not spirituality—it is the church. The Lord cares for the church, that is, for the place of His throne, for the place of the soles of His feet, for the place where He can dwell for rest and satisfaction. Because the Lord cares so much for the church, His house, we also should care for the church as His house and fashion ourselves according to it. If we realize this, we will not care merely for teachings from the Bible or about the inner life. Likewise, we will not care for speaking in tongues or for a particular way to pray. Instead, we should care absolutely for the church and fashion ourselves according to the church, God’s house. The church life, or the Body life, is the greatest test of real spirituality. If we cannot pass the test of the church life, our spirituality is not genuine. This is the age of the church. We need to fashion ourselves according to the church and allow the church to measure us and check us in every aspect. (Life-study of Ezekiel, Msg. 24)

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