“And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.” Ezekiel 40:4
Sometimes you see something special when you study His Word in the original Hebrew language. Things you don’t see when you read a translation. When I recently was doing a study, following a question I received about the Holy Spirit, I noticed that the Hebrew word for Spirit (ruach) is translated with ‘side’ six times in the Bible. Five of which are found in one chapter: Ezekiel 42. Ezekiel 42 is part of a vision that Ezekiel received, regarding a ‘house’ (Ezekiel 40:5). This vision begins in Ezekiel 40, and is addressed to the ‘house’ of Israel (verse 4). In the description of this ‘house’ it becomes clear that it is a temple (‘house’ of YHWH), a temple that has not (yet) been built physically. The Hebrew word ruach is used five times in the description of this ‘house’, in verses 16-20, and is translated with ‘side’.
A superficial reading of Ezekiel’s vision appears to mean different sides of the temple. But the use of ruach (Spirit) stands out in these texts. In the description of the tabernacle and the temples built and destroyed in history, ruach is not used in this way. It is only used in the description of a ‘house’ that is yet to come. It is likely that the Man from whom Ezekiel receives this vision (Ezekiel 40:3) wants to make clear that His Spirit is explicitly connected with His ‘house’ yet to come.
Knowing that ‘house’ in the Bible refers to the mind (our mind and His mind), then the use of ruach in this passage becomes more understandable and interesting. Previous temples that have been built have been destroyed because of uncleanness (lies and delusions) brought inside. This is also the deeper spiritual meaning of Yeshua’s symbolical teaching of the cleansing of the temple (Matthew 21:12-13). The Hebrew word ruach in the description of His ‘house’ that is yet to come, seems to make clear that His message to our ‘house’ (mind) is that His ‘house’ (mind) is only within our reach through His Spirit. His Spirit of truth (John 14:17), that removes all our lies and delusions from our mind (house), one by one, so that we are changed more and more into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18) and His thoughts (house) have become our thoughts (house) (Isaiah 55:8).
You do not notice this deeper meaning in the text when you read a translation. This does not mean that you will miss this message if you do not read His Word in the original Hebrew language. The message that our minds can only change into His image through His Spirit of truth, is visible through His entire Word. And sometimes more hidden. You do not need to know Hebrew to discover this, using Strong numbers when studying will help you further. How you can do that, I explain step by step in my book.
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