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An Animated Explanation of the Day of the Lord by The Bible Project

The Day of the Lord is a phrase in the Bible that refers to moments in history when God confronts the evil of corrupt civilizations and orchestrates their downfall. The biblical prophets, and later Jesus himself developed this theme to generate hope in the future day when God will rescue his world from evil and bring about a renewed creation.

Enjoy this short video from The Bible Project as they explain the Day of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

Video Transcript

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The day of the Lord.
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It is a phrase in the Bible that religious people use usually when talking about the end of the world.
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Yeah, things like Armageddon or the apocalypse.
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You might be familiar with this image of Jesus returning on a white horse.
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He has got sword to bring final judgment.
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Everyone wants to know how will it all go down.
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A lot of these images come from the last book of the Bible
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To understand them, you have to go back to the first book.
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When the story begins. we watch God create an amazing world.
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Then He gives humans power to rule over it on his behalf.
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But the humans are tempted by this mysterious unhuman character who offers them a promise:
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you could define good and evil on your own terms and put yourselves in God’s place.
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This is what they do.
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The resulting stories are about the broken relationships and violence that results.
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Yeah, this promise creates huge problems.
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Now everyone has to protect themselves and fight for survival.
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They are all using death as this weapon to gain power.
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It all leads to a story about the building of the city of Babylon.
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Or in Hebrew, “Babel”.
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Everyone comes together to elevate themselves to the place of God.
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God knows how devastating this could be:
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a whole culture redefining good and evil, as if they are God.
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So God confuses their language and scatters them.
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From here on Babylon becomes like an icon in the biblical story.
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It is an image that represents humanity’s corporate rebellion against God.
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The next time we see it is in the story of ancient Egypt.
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Yeah, Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, feels threatened by these immigrant Israelites.
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He starts killing all of the boys and enslaving the rest.
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This is really evil.
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Yeah, Egypt is like this bigger, badder Babylon.
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They take care of themselves at the expense of others by redefining evil as good.
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So God turns Pharaoh’s evil back on him.
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His pride drives him forward and he is swallowed up by death.
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After this great deliverance, the Israelites sing a song about how God is their warrior who liberated them from evil.
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The Israelites referred to this moment as “The Day”.
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The day they were rescued from a corrupt human system.
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Every year since then, the Israelites have celebrated the day of their liberation with the symbolic meal of a sacrificial lamb.
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It is called “Passover”.
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Eventually Israel comes into its own land have their own kings.
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They face new enemies.
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So that past day of the Lord celebrated every Passover begins to generate hope
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that God will bring “The Day” again to save Israel from new threats.
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Out in the hills was a sheep herder named Amos.
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He was appointed by God as a prophet to announce shocking news to Israel
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that God was bringing another day of the Lord against his enemies.
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This time, the target is Israel.
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What?
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Sadly, Israel’s leaders had also redefined good and evil for themselves, resulting in corruption and violence.
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God’s people have become like Babylon.
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The oppressed become oppressors.
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Babylon seems like a trap no one can escape.
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So the day of the Lord comes upon Israel.
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They are conquered, taken captive into exile.
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From then on, Israel suffered under the rule of continuous oppressive empires.
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This is the story Jesus was born into.
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Yeah, in his day the oppressive empire over Israel is Rome.
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So, is Jesus going to confront Rome, take him out?
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Well, no.
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Jesus saw the real enemy as that mysterious unhuman evil,
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the evil that has lured Babylon, Egypt, Rome, Israel.
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All humanity has given in to evil’s promised of power
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This is what Jesus resisted alone in the wilderness
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when he was tempted to exploit his power for self-interest.
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But he did not.
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After that he started to confront the effects of evil on others.
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He started saying that he was going to Jerusalem for Passover
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for a final showdown to confront the evil of Israel and Rome by dying.
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Dying?
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That feels like losing.
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Jesus was going to let evil exhaust all of its power on him, using its only real weapon: death.
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Jesus knew that God’s love and life were even more powerful,
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that he could overcome evil by becoming the Passover lamb, giving his life in an act of love.
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Something changed that day.
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When Jesus defeated evil, he opened up a new way for anyone to escape from Babylon
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and discover this new kind of power,
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this new way of being human.
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Okay, so something changed.
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But, the power of evil is still alive and well.
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We keep building new versions of Babylon.
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Right, so the last book of the Bible, the Revelation, points to the future and final Day of the Lord.
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It is when God’s kingdom comes to confront Babylon the Great,
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this image of all the corrupt nations of the world.
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Yeah, this is it. Armageddon. Final judgment.
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How is Jesus going to finish off evil?
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Well, it is not how you would expect.
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In the Revelation, the victorious Jesus is symbolized by a sacrificial bloody lamb.
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When Jesus does arrive in the end, riding his white horse to confront evil,
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he is bloody before the battle even starts.
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Pre-bloodied?
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That is a strange image.
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Yeah, it is because Jesus is not out for our blood
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Rather, he overcame with his blood when he died for his enemies.
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The sword in his mouth is a symbol of Jesus’s authority to define good and evil
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and hold us accountable when he brings final justice once and for all.
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In the meantime, the Day of the Lord is an invitation to resist the culture of Babylon.
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It is a promise that God will one day free our world from corruption
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and bring about the new thing that he has in store.
Christy

An Animated Explanation of God’s Holiness by The Bible Project

The concept of holiness can seem difficult to grasp. Outside of the Bible, we don’t talk about things being “holy” very often. Let’s take a moment to discover what the Bible really says about holiness. The concept appears from Genesis to Revelation, so it must be important. This illustrated video by The Bible Project explains the theme of holiness in the Bible.

 

 

 

 

Video Transcript

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Jon: You’ve probably heard the word “holy” before
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or at least sang it in a church song once or twice.
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And for most people, this idea is really just connected to being a morally good person…
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So… God is ‘holy’ because he’s morally perfect.
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Tim: Yeah, that is part of it…
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but in the Bible the idea of ‘holiness’ is even bigger and more rich.
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What it’s really describing is how God is the creative force behind the whole universe.
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He’s the one and only being with the power to make a world full of such beauty and life.
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And so all these abilities they may God utterly unique, which is the meaning of the word ‘holy’.
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A helpful way to think about God’s holiness is by using the sun as a metaphor.
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The sun is unique, at least within our solar system,
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And its really powerful. Its the source of all this beautiful life on our planet.
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And so you could say that the sun is ‘holy’.
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And you can actually take this metaphor even further
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in that the whole area around the sun is also ‘holy’.
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Jon: Yeah because the closer you get to the sun the more intense it gets.
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Tim: yeah, exactly. So that very power and goodness that generates all this life is also dangerous.
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I mean the sun, if you get too close, will annihilate you.
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And in the same way there’s this paradox at the heart of God’s own holiness
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because if you’re impure his presence is dangerous to you
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and not because it’s bad, but because its so good.
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And so the first time we see this paradox of God’s holiness, it’s in the story of Moses and the burning bush.
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Jon: So God tells Moses to take off his sandals because he’s standing on holy ground.
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And Moses covers his face in fear and God says
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“hey don’t come any closer”. Its intense. likely that intensity of God’s holiness
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Tim: It’s actually that intensity of God’s holiness that’s explored even more in the stories of Israel’s temple
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which was the main place where God’s holy presence was located
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and at the center the temple was this room called the Most Holy Place
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it’s the hotspot of God’s presence.
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and whether you’re an Israelite living in the land around the temple
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or a priest working right in the temple, you are in proximity to God’s holy presence.
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which is dangerous.
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Jon: Yeah, this is a problem. So how is it supposed to work?
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Tim: Well in the Bible the solution is that you need to become “pure”.
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Jon: So like being Morally Pure?
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Tim: Yeah, and that’s easy enough to understand…
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…but the Bible spends a lot of time talking about another kind of purity
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being Ritually Pure
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which is a state where you separate yourself from anything related to death
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like touching things like diseased skin, or dead bodies, or even certain bodily fluids.
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all these make you impure.
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And becoming ritually impure isn’t necessarily sinful.
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What’s wrong is waltzing into God’s presence when you’re in an impure state.
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And so that’s why God gave the Israelites very clear instructions for knowing when they were impure…
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steps to become pure, so that they could go into the temple again.
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Jon: So that’s what the book of Leviticus is about.
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Tim: Right. But it doesn’t stop there. This idea keeps developing
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So later in the scriptures we find this really interesting story by a prophet named Isaiah.
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And he has this crazy vision where he’s in the temple
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and he’s right in God’s presence. He’s totally terrified.
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Jon: Yeah. He knows the rules. He shouldn’t even be in there.
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And he’s worried about being destroyed.
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Tim: And then this crazy creature called a Seraphim.
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Jon: Yeah, that is a crazy creature.
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Tim: Totally. So it flies over with a hot coal.
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And then it sears Isaiah’s lips with the coal and says something really weird…
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“Your guilt is taken away and your sin is atoned for.”
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Jon: So this burning coal somehow makes Isaiah pure.
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Tim: Yeah, its remarkable
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because normally if you touch something impure it transfers its impurity to you.
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But now here’s this new idea where you have this coal,
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this very holy and pure object, and it touches Isaiah
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and it transfers its purity to him.
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Isaiah is not destroyed by God’s holiness, he’s transformed by it.
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I mean the implications of this are just huge.
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But there’s one more development, this time from another prophet, Ezekiel.
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And he has this vision where he’s standing at the temple
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and he sees water trickling out from it.
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And then that water turns into a stream
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and then a grows into a deep river that starts flowing through the desert
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leaving this trail of green trees behind it.
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And then it flows into the Dead Sea making everything fresh and alive.
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Jon: So, instead of becoming pure first and then going into the temple…
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…here God’s holiness comes out from the temple making things pure bringing them to life.
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What does it all mean?
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Tim: So, we don’t know. Until we meet this man Jesus.
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And he claims that he’s fulfilling all of these ancient visions but in surprising new ways.
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So Jesus, he went around touching people who are impure…
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… people with skin diseases, a woman with chronic bleeding, or dead people…
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and when he touches them, their impurity should transfer over to Jesus …
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… but instead, Jesus’ purity transfers to them and actually heals their bodies.
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Jon: Jesus is like that holy coal in Isaiah’s vision.
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Tim: Right. And Jesus claimed that he was the human embodiment of God’s own holiness.
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and that he and his followers were now God’s temple
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so that through them God’s holy presence would go out into the world
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and bring life and healing and hope.
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And so this is why Jesus described his followers as having streams of living water flowing out of them.
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Jon: So this is our part of the story where we find ourselves now, but where is it all heading?
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Tim: so the last pages of the Bible end with a final vision about God’s holiness…
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This time it’s by a guy named John.
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And in his vision we see the whole world made completely new.
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The entire earth has become God’s temple.
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And Ezekiel’s river is there flowing out of God’s presence,
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immersing all of creation,
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removing all impurity and bringing everything back to life.