Chapter Nine - Part One



We are given a beautiful picture of the inner court proceedings in Ezekiel. "Then I looked, and behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne. And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight. Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the Lord's glory. And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh. And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubim, then he went in, and stood beside the wheels." (Ezek. 10:16)


When one surrenders all of the heart, all of one's being to the Lord Jesus, one hungers and thirsts for the intimacy of the Bridegroom around the clock. Proverbs 8:17 says that "God loves them that seek


Him early." Isaiah 66:2 states that God looks upon him who is of a humble and contrite spirit and trembles at His Word.


The Bride's joy is overflowing due to His sweet words penetrating her heart day and night. "As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste." (Song of Solomon 2:3)


The Bride sits under the shadow of the Bridegroom's wings and enjoys the fruit of His Holy Spirit. Her desire is toward Him alone. He kisses her with the beauty of His holiness, His desires, which bring health to the bones. "Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me." (Song 2:56)


His hand is constantly upon her, guiding her mind and heart toward Him. "My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away." (Song 2:10) She rejoices to come away with her beloved Bridegroom, who fills her soul with a heavenly melody of the New Song. She cares for nothing of the world but must live in it till she beholds the face of her beloved. "My beloved is mine, and I am his, he feedeth among the lilies." (Song 2:16) Yes, He has come into His garden to view His rarest rose, His special bouquet. His sweetest Bride who enjoys doing His will, His every desire. He embraces


the rarest fragrance coming forth into His nostrils from such a sincere sacrifice of praise. She knows the cost, she realizes the crossroad that leads to His garden of sweet love. She goes to any length to be with Him. "The watchman that goes about the city found me to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me." (Song 3:34)


The greatest words she can hear Him speak comes to her heart, "Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee." (Song 4:7) She will later hear these words as she feasts with Him forever in His kingdom; "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." (Matt.25:21a)


The Bride, the Lord's beloved spouse, His church, has overcome her flesh, the world, and the devil by daily entering into the sweet communion with the Lord of her life. She is cleansed under His blood and her garment is white. She longs for Him more than any one. She knows that "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft", and she has a reverential fear of His displeasure, as well as the joy of His pleasure. She is proud of her beloved Bridegroom and shares His name with everyone. She longs to take home as many as she can to be with her Bridegroom. All natural fear is leaving her, for her perfect love, her Lord and Savior, has cast out fear. (1 John 4:18).


She trusts Him in all things. She knows how to submit to her Lord. Therefore, she is able to submit to those in authority, who watch over her soul, as unto her Master, Jesus Christ. "And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. (Acts 11:21)


She rejoices for the oil is kept burning in her lamp day and night. (Matt. 25:1,57) His Word, burning in her heart, is the light in her eyes that all can see. How people marvel at her great love for her Lord! They think about her faith in the unseen lover of her soul. She walks royally knowing who she is, and she speaks with His authority. She relies only on Him, who is her total strength. The Bride who is in the inner court of God's heart by obedient and humble abiding in His Word and prayer, will not be among the falling away.



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