I READ THAT TOTALLY WRONG!… Ezekiel 44: 28-31 and Isaiah 64

Today I totally misread something.  Isaiah chapter 64 contains one of the few Old Testament references to God being ‘our Father'(v. 8).   The image of father then changes into one of a potter molding clay.  God is the potter.   We are clay in His hands.  Isaiah prays, ‘…we are all the work of your hand’.  Can’t imagine ever being in better hands than His.  Love this image of the potter molding us as He wills.  That’s our prayer, isn’t it?  Spend some time in the Isaiah 64 neighborhood, and you’ll never want to leave!

Ezekiel 44 is quite another matter.  Read that totally wrong.  This section of Ezekiel is controversial.  What does the rebuilt Temple refer to?  The millennium?  Ezekiel’s day?  Future heavenly kingdom?  Lots of theories.  No matter what, we’ll trust the Lord, the good Potter, to work out the details.  We’ll be the clay and leave the rest to Him!  Whether you’re pre- or mid- or post- or even a-millennial,  I’m pro-whatever God’s plan works out to be!

Back to my misunderstanding.  Reading Ezekiel 44:28-31, there’s reference to the Levites having an inheritance.  I thought they had none.  But that’s not what it says–‘this shall be their inheritance…’  The Levites are not to have an earthly inheritance.  But I didn’t read far enough.  For these verses say that ‘…I am their inheritance…I am their possession’.   Inheritance–not what we get… but who.

God is our inheritance.  We inherit Him!  Better than land, better than anything this world can offer.  Ever receive an inheritance?   When my mother died in 2004, she left some monies to my brother, sister and myself; a third to each.  Not much by the world’s standards, but for a house painter and wife, to leave any kind of money behind is quite something.

What of our inheritance in the Lord?  He gives us all of Himself.  When we become believers, Jesus becomes our all-in-all.  Undivided.  Equal amounts.  100% for each.  We really need nothing more.  We have everything.  God is our inheritance.

What could be better?  Can you think of something?  Win the lottery?  NO, that would be settling for way too little.  Never die of cancer or heart disease?  NO, we’re going to heaven where we’re promised new and resurrected bodies that will never grow old, fade away or die.

What could be better?  I’m totally blown away by my inheritance!  Are you?

Prayer:  Lord, we thank you for giving all of yourself to us in Jesus Christ.  What a privilege.  We have so much to thank you for and so much to look forward to.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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