Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 18th, 2019
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The gate of the inner court facing east is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon it is to be opened.
Ezekiel 46:1 (NIV)
St. Paul’s Church is an evangelical Anglican church in downtown Halifax. It is located at the south end of the Grand Parade, an open square in downtown Halifax with Halifax City Hall at the northern end. St. Paul’s Church was founded in 1749 (the same year as the Halifax colony). Construction began in 1750 and is based on the ground plan of Marybone Chapel in London. It is the oldest surviving Protestant church in Canada and the oldest building in Halifax. Saint Paul’s was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1981.
As we read through the Hebrew Scriptures we quickly become aware that God’s people were fickle in their relationship to the God who had chosen them as His own. They would be faithful for a time, but within a generation or two, they would take on the horrible worship practices of the pagan nations around them. God would then send a judge, and later a prophet, to call them back to the living God. And the cycle would start all over again. Ezekiel was given a glimpse into the future, to a day when God’s people would worship Him eternally in spirit and in truth. Ezekiel 46:1 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The gate of the inner court facing east is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon it is to be opened.” Ezekiel was shown the Glorious Temple from a Jewish worship perspective – God’s people were worshipping as God has commanded them to – faithfully observing the Sabbath and the Festivals. We have been given greater insight in Christ – when the redeemed from every nation will gather to worship the Lamb.
These have been words from the heart.