This is a picture of abundant blessing. In Ezekiel’s vision of the new temple, a river flows out from it, growing longer,wider and deeper the further, bringing life and blessing to all the land it passes through. The fruit of trees that grow near it bring healing, the leaves bring blessing.
It flows into the valley of the dead sea, so salty that not much lives there, and it makes everything new, a new creation.
At this point it’s obviously a spiritual parable about the hope that is revealed in the whole Bible about god’s love and promises.
It’s like Ezekiel’s vision picked up the deep longing of the exiled people, after the news in chapter 33 that the temple had fallen. It started where their hearts were, talking about restoration of the nation to a new better temple. But now the vision has enlarged to restoration of all creation.
We talked about heaven as a family the other day, the three of us. A rare event. We’ve seen it, we’ve seen it this week that this world is a blueprint for how heaven could be. Maybe heaven is a future plan of God, a new place of escape.
But we know what heaven is like, and there’s no reason not to start now, doing what we can to make our world match god’s blueprint for existence.