Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 23, 2017

“I was a sanctuary for them” – “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 11.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Though I had removed them far away among the nations and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a sanctuary for them a little while in the countries where they had gone.”’  17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’  18 When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it.  19 And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them.  And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them.  Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.  21 But as for those whose hearts go after their detestable things and abominations, I will bring their conduct down on their heads,” declares the Lord God.

22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered over them.  23 The glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood over the mountain which is east of the city.  24 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to the exiles in Chaldea.  So the vision that I had seen left me.  25 Then I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me.”  Ezekiel 11:16-25.

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The exiles in Chaldea (Babylon) may have felt alone, but they were not alone

“… ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Though I had removed them far away among the nations and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a sanctuary for them a little while in the countries where they had gone.”’  Verse 16.

We not only have this conclusion that God was a sanctuary for the exiles, we see how God was a sanctuary for them in different ways.

First, we see that God used the prophet Ezekiel to tell the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown him.  Verse 25.

Second, we see that God moved His glory closer to the exiles.  God moved his glory from the midst of the city to stand over the mountain which is east of the city.  Verse 23.  The exiles were in Chaldea which is to the east (and north) of the city.  And so, they could feel comfort in this movement of the glory of the LORD toward them.

Third, we see that God gave the exiles a promise of a miraculous salvation for them.  “And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them.  And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them.  Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.”  Verses 19-20. 

We too may feel alone, but we are not alone. 

God is our sanctuary too.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”  Psalm 91:1-2.

God has given us His Word (the Scriptures) to reveal Himself to us and His work for us.

God’s Spirit dwells with us.  “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  1 Corinthians 3:16.

“… the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”  Psalm 139:7-10.

Jesus saves us and gives us eternal life.

She will bear a Son;  and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:  Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”  Matthew 1:21-23.

even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.”  John 17:2.


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