My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Ezekiel 47

The river

There was a river coming out from the temple, from the altar at the south. 500 metres down the river they were ankle deep. 1km, and they were knee deep. 1.5km, waist, 2km it was impossible to cross. The river will deep many great trees and will have heapsa fish for fishermen.

Israel is to have the land in Canaan and each person should have fair inheritance. Foreign families who come and settle in the land should be considered as Israelites.

Key verse:
22. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites

My thoughts:
I have heard this river interpreted as the Spirit which flows out to the world from the altar, the place of sacrifice, the cross.

It's cool that here it says that immigrants should be totally assimilated into society, rather than separated as other passages tend to imply. Unfortunately most of Jewish history has held to a hereditary standard of being an Israelite/Jew.


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