The Name of the City

Day 338

Prayer for the day

I will bear witness that the LORD is righteous; I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.

Scripture for the day

Ezekiel 47-48, 1 John 3

The end of Ezekiel’s vision is the naming of the city of God, the place that has been described in so much detail. The measurements and allotments are finished, the presence of the Lord is residing in the temple and the city is completed. And finally, the city is given the name “The LORD is there.”

It’s a name we would all love to be able to set above our homes. It would be a great name for our churches and even our cities. It’s a moniker we’d all love to pick up and self-apply. Sadly, however, the name is reserved for the city of God, the place where the Lord will dwell specially. This is not to suggest that God is no longer omnipresent but is located more locally. Rather, God may be specially present, more “apprehend-able” in this location because of His nearness to the people. He might be more clearly seen here.

In the book of 1 John, God is more clearly seen not in the temple, but in the building of the people of God together. When the people dedicate themselves to the love of God, and to living out the love of God in community, then they have been joined together in the true temple of God, where his presence resides specially.

When this is lived out well, the name of the people of God can also be “The LORD is There.” This will not be painted on any sign, nor will we have to wear “The LORD is There” t-shirts. Instead, the name will be written on our hearts and displayed through our actions and our words.

May you be a part of the people whose name is “The LORD is There.”


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