- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 47
A vison of healing streams from the temple. The figure of stream of water, the sacred river, is found in other books of the Bible.
“In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will follow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias.”
“On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.”
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
Ezekiel’s vision comes to conclusion how God will restore the land and its people, with healing and making life alive.
It begins at the temple, the healing stream, coming down from the throne of God, is flowing through the temple toward the east, and become the water of life by which the saline waters of the Dead Sea become fresh, and in the desolate wilderness of Judah fruit trees flourish, making a new paradise and the people will benefit.
It gradually, constantly, is getting deeper as it flows, ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep, and becomes a river to swim. It heals every living thing it touches. And it heals eventually all the land of Israel.
Ezekiel saw a vision of the boundaries of the land. Having established the source of life giving fruitfulness for the land, it is now to be divinded equitably among the twelve tribes and aliens born in Israel.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?