I am a “Trekkie” or some would say “Trekker” – that is a fan of the science fiction space adventure drama “Star Trek”. There was Captain Kirk the flirt, not my cup of tea; then there was brainy Captain Picard, totally my cup of tea. Growing up, I had watched a few episodes here and there of Star Trek and loved every minute.
As an adult, I wondered what was the logic and agenda behind Star Trek. To answer my curiosity, I had to watch every episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, the series led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Yes, I watched all 176 episodes – it took a number of years, I persevered, and I am now an expert in space travel, hahaha!
What has this got to do with the book of Ezekiel? Easy – to fully understand the logic and agenda in Ezekiel, you got to watch, sorry, you got to read the entire book. Best do this with different translations; it could take days, weeks, months, years. Why bother? Easy – Ezekiel is important at an individual and global level.
In Chapters 1 to 24, Ezekiel speaks of Israel’s wrong doing and God’s discipline. God would not be godly, if wrong doing is not judged. Chapters 24 to 33 is on the wrong doing and discipline of the other nations around Israel. Then Chapters 33 to 48 is about global restoration and healing, as stated in this exciting passage:
Ezekiel 47:1-12 (NIV) (shortened) – The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out… [it] flows toward the eastern region… where it enters the Dead Sea… There will be large numbers of fish, because… where the river flows everything will live… Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit… Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”
This is too good to be true – only a powerful being can do this. O God in the heavens, we hope and pray this to be true, not science fiction, Amen!