Hello Saints! This is Dave Stebbings, I serve as one of the elders here at Good News Bible Chapel. I’d like to welcome you to the GNBC PrayerCast for Wednesday, September 20th, 2017.
As I was doing my read through the bible this month, I was listening to Ezekiel and took a particular interest in Ezekiel 46:9.
It reads: “‘When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed festivals, whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate.
I found this peculiar and began to think about why God would instruct His worshippers to exit a gate that was 180° from the gate they used to enter the temple. Some commentators suggested that it was a matter of doing all things in order and others propose that the instructions were simply designed to eliminate congestion.
I think the symbolism of this instruction is much more significant. Physically, God didn’t want His worshippers to leave the same way they came. And spiritually, I think God wanted his people to leave His presence in a different way/changed after having had an encounter with Him. In the same way, I believe that our Father in heaven wants us to leave as changed people after having had an encounter with Him. Unfortunately, sometimes I feel that we leave the chapel on Sunday through the same gate, unchanged by our being together in worship, remembrance, fellowship and the Word. This should not be.
Romans 6:4 (NASB) Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Father, we pray that by Your Spirit, you will instill in us a desire to please you in every way (Colossians 1:10), that we will live a life worthy of our calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1) and that we will grow to be more like our Lord Jesus who began a good work in us (Philippians 1:7). And we pray this for Your fame, for Your honor and for Your glory! Amen.