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Breathtakingly Beautiful (Ezekiel 43:7-9)

He said: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The people of Israel will never again defile my holy name—neither they nor their kings—by their prostitution and the funeral offerings[a] for their kings at their death.[b] When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger. Now let them put away from me their prostitution and the funeral offerings for their kings, and I will live among them forever.

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Four billion years ago, the earth was created by our Maker for His creations to live by. It was so breathtakingly beautiful. Nature was at its best, the swaying trees, the blooming plants, running waters of the rivers and seas all crystal clear, animals of various species, shapes and sizes existed. There was no war, no threats to life. Peace was reigning. Yet as time passes by and the sovereignty of the land was transferred from generation to generation, a lot of changes occurred. Pollution is everywhere, crimes and wars are heard all over the news every day, trees had been cut down leaving forests denuded, rivers and other bodies of water became dump sites, many species of animals had been proclaimed endangered. The wonders and beauty of nature and other creations of God had been ruined. Is this the place where the King of king reigns?

Our body is considered to be God’s temple. Now, compare it to this world. When the sperm cell meets the egg cell, a zygote is formed and that becomes us. The beauty of innocence—that is the gift of childhood. But as our eyes were opened to worldly cravings and wicked surroundings, the purity of our hearts and minds were polluted. We became self-centered. We had forgotten that God should be our focus. We became hard headed and follow the fad of this world instead of doing God’s commandments. Are we still worthy to be called God’s temple?

Despite how filthy we are, God had devised a way out to make us pure again. Several centuries ago, His Son Jesus Christ became the ransom for our sins. God is omnipresent but there is one thing He could not see and that is our sins when it is covered by the blood of Jesus.

Once we humble ourselves before God, repent and surrender our lives to Him, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and start to live a new life, we can become a new creation. We will be purified by God. He will cleanse our hearts. Because of these things, God may now dwell in us and we can once again become His temple.