Day 253

From Yesterday’s Reading – Ezekiel 43-45

He used the same measuring rod on all four sides. Ezekiel 42:16a

This phrase jumped off the page again today.

We live in a culture that has come to believe that there are multiple standards of judgment.

In other words, the rich get to play by the rules they make and the rest of us are left to the system of judgment.

God makes it clear in this vision given to Ezekiel that God uses the same measuring rod all the time.

That is both good and bad news.

Good News that everyone will be judged equally.

Bad News everyone will be judged by God’s measures and not the world’s.

I know this was part of yesterday;s reading but it is a good Question for the day:

How you measuring up?
From Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 43-45:

The LORD said to me, This gate remains closed. It shouldn’t be opened. No one should come in through it because the LORD, Israel’s God, has entered through it. It will remain closed. As for the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread in the LORD’s presence. He may come in and go out by way of the gate’s porch.  Ezekiel 44:2-3 CEB

Today is one of those days.  You read the Bible and scratch your head.

People a great deal smarter, or at least more learned, than I have tried for centuries to understand what Ezekiel meant. For that matter, what God was trying to tell us in these passages.

This is one of those passages that I leave to the Pan-theologists – “It will pan out in the end!”

I have no idea what God is trying to say.

I am left trusting those portions of the Bible that I do understand.

I am left with the hope that one day I will understand this passage as well.

After all, Paul said, “I look through the glass dimly, but one day I will see clearly.”

Until that say, keep reading . . .

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 46-48


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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