Ezekiel 47 & 48
1 Peter 4.1-19
Ezekiel 47 & 48:
The fullness of Scripture
These two chapters close out the book of Ezekiel. Chapter 47 describes a river flowing out of the temple. Symbolically the Temple is Christ and the river is the Gospel. The Living Water flows from Him and blesses everything it touches.
In the deepness of the water we see fullness of Scripture. Some things are “ankle deep”—easy to understand. Others are knee deep and require more study. Others are deeper still and we may not be able to understand them fully.
2 Peter 3:
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
Even so, though we won’t understand everything about God in this life, it’s all the more reason to worship Him as God!
No power of hell or earth …
God is God. Matthew Henry (Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible) says, “No power of hell or earth can prevent the accomplishment of the promise of God when the time, the set time, for it has come.”
The same God whose exploits are recounted here, is the God we serve. He is not some kind of spiritual “errand boy” to whom we pray for what we want. It’s His will and His purposes which will stand. Instead of asking God to bless what we want, we need to see what God is doing and join Him. Jesus said, “… not my will but Yours, O Lord.”
Contending with fools
“If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.”
If a wise man has a discussion with a wise man, both can listen and reason together, but if you try to reason with a fool, it will profit you nothing!
Proverbs 26.3 says:
“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.”
The only thing a fool understands is consequences!
1 Peter 4.1-19:
Expect trials & persecution
This is a great chapter to study and meditate upon if you are going through a trial, including persecution of any kind. John MacArthur (MacArthur Daily Bible) lays out the four attitudes we are to have in the midst of persecution.
- Expect it. Jesus said, “In this life you will have tribulation …” (Jn. 16.33)—not you might, but you will!
- Rejoice in it. “But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (v. 13).
- Evaluate its cause. Too often we suffer, not for doing right, but for being hypocrites. Let’s be sure that we are truly suffering for doing good.
- Entrust it to God. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10.13).
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