Sunday Morning Podcast September 4, 2016. Bro. Gary Kelly.
TEXT: EZEKIEL 47:1-5
1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
This scripture is about a difficult time for the Israelites, which today we can relate to. Like the Israelites, we, like they, face difficult challenges in our times, within the laws of life. Mercifully, the law given in God’s word, instead of being constrictive, always points us forward; ”he brought me through the waters.” Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. What God has promised does work, and He will perform; But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 “For them that love him,” If we will let God “draw the line”, and say “I will measure,” there will be no eye that has seen, nor ear that has heard, all that God will bless us with! If the unsaved come to God repenting, and forsaking sin, this will be the first measure or “line,” that follows through (points forward) to be the blessed of God.
The statues of God, or rather “the line that He draws,” instructs us how God wants us to conduct ourselves, in a world that has forgotten manners. The drawn line of God’s commandments, will teach you what to do and not to do. We are taught, that “the man that had the line in his hand,” (verse 3) draws the line, which are God’s laws to bring us through the spiritually difficult waters. In a world that is corrupt, God will “draw a line” that makes and keeps us holy in all our thoughts, words, and actions.
“A line that is drawn”, will prosper us in our soul, …If we measure to it.