“The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles. And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The LORD Is There.’ ” (Ezekiel 48:35 NLT)
This name for the city is an interesting one. "The LORD is There" is what The Lord told Ezekiel the name of the city of God would be.
Why that name?
Because it's a picture of the ultimate city of God--the New Jerusalem; the New Zion.
"The LORD is There."
Why is this significant?
It seems to me that the Lord's presence is significant. It always is in scripture. The classic example I think of is when the ark of the covenant blesses Obed-Edom and his family when David leaves it at his house.
Wherever God is--his blessings flow. Healing, peace and all the fruit of the Spirit of God follow him. It's why it matters that "The Kingdom of God is near." It's why it's good news when scripture says, "He draws near to the broken-hearted."
Well, one day we, as God's people, will live in this city. And it will be precious because he'll be there. He will be THERE." As a result, we will live in ecstasy and ever increasing joy for the eternity.
That's amazing news.
Therefore, I should live in light of that hope--that faith-filled future. For he is faith-full!