Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Tuesday, October 6th: Ezekiel 40-41, John 18: 19-40 ~ Nathan
Before and after reading the portion from Ezekiel 40-41 I did some research to get some background information on these chapters and found a few different authors says this was one of the most difficult potions of scripture in the whole bible to understand. I thought then that what chance do I have of understanding it then? The Matthew Henry Commentary even states that the Jews won't even allow anyone under 30 years of age to attempt to read and understand it (I guess that gives me an excuse to not even try.... kidding).
These verses mainly talk about how Ezekiel is shown by God how the new temple should be built. It is believed this temple will be built after the tribulation.
Regardless how difficult these chapters are to understand, we can be glad that our salvation does not depend on this and that God has made those things involved in salvation plain enough for us to understand. He will one day explain the importance of this portion of scripture to us as well, because everything that God put into the Bible has importance.
In our New Testament reading from John 18 we see how the officials who are questioning Jesus were getting frustrated with Jesus' answers,
(V22) When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.  23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me ?”
Being exposed to the light makes people feel uncomfortable and they will lash out eventually. I've done this myself sometimes when I realize I'm wrong about something but I'm not ready to admit it. We need to be the light of the world, the Bible tells us this, but it may lead to others "attacking" us because it exposes their wrong ways. Light exposes all that's hidden in the dark. We need to remember to live like children of the light, and do this in a humble way.