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September 4 Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 45-47
“A portion shall be for the Prince.”
Our blessed Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the glorious Prince spoken of here. He is the Sovereign of His church, His house, and His people. He the sum and substance of every oblation commanded by Him and brought to Him. He is the Alpha and the Omega of all things. He is our Prophet, our Priest, and our Prince. Through every dispensation and in all circumstances, He is over all God, blessed forever. Soon He will cause every man to know, every knee to bow before Him, and every tongue to confess that He is Lord, the Prince and our Savior, to the glory of God the Father.
Offerings and The Prince
Ezekiel 46 looks to the accomplishments of Christ as our Redeemer, when by the sacrifice of Himself, He forever put an end to the law, its commandments, its carnal ordinances, and all those offerings and sacrifices that could never put away sin. The offerings here point us to Christ’s one offering by which He put away the sins of His elect forever.
The Prince is portrayed in the midst of His people, both at their going in and their going out. So our Christ is in all his churches. Without his presence, our assembling together would be in vain. This is the promise of God our Savior by which He comforts His saints in all ages: — “I am with you!”
We have been following the Prophet through the great city, the New Jerusalem, which he saw in “the visions of God” (Ezekiel 40-48). Well might we sing, “Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God” (Psalm 87:3). Admission here is life eternal in, with, and by Christ Jesus. The citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem are under the eye and objects of the good will of the triune Jehovah. But are we citizens of that city? Are we entitled to claim its privileges as our own? Do we speak the language of Canaan? Do we delight in the society of the chosen? Is the glorious Prince and King, Christ Jesus, precious to us? Is His name as ointment poured forth to us? Are His people, His ordinances, and His worship cherished by us?
Let he who writes and those who read answer each for himself. Precious Savior, give us this day sweet evidence that we are Yours. Give us this day and every day and every hour the blessed gift of faith, trusting You alone as our Savior, our Redeemer, our God. Give us the grace of Your Holy Spirit that we may grow up in You to an holy temple in the Lord. Oh, the blessedness of belonging to the household and family of faith. If You, O Lord, have made us free, we shall forever be free indeed!
The 47th chapter of Ezekiel’s prophecy brings us in “the visions of God” to waters. If we compare Scripture with Scripture, as God the Holy Ghost commands (1 Corinthians 2:13), we will have no difficulty understanding the meaning of these waters. God the Holy Spirit is, in this Gospel age, poured out like water upon chosen sinners (Isaiah 44:3-4; Joel 2:28). He is compared to living water in our souls (Zechariah 14:8; John 7:37-39). The sweet waters of life and grace flow like a river into our souls from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1). God the Father is a Fountain (Jeremiah 2:13). God the Son is a Fountain (Song of Solomon 4:15). God the Spirit is a Fountain (John 7:37-39). The triune God pours out His rich mercies like a river upon chosen, redeemed sinners, through the mediation of the God-man Christ Jesus (John 14:6), through whose pierced side blood and water poured forth for the cleansing of our souls (John 19:34). The swelling of these waters surely set before us the glorious spreading of the Gospel to every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue, by which our great God gathers His elect from the four corners of the earth.