God’s Story... For My Life - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A New Temple

Read Ezekiel 40:28–41:26

Then the man took me to the south gateway leading into the inner courtyard. He measured it, and it had the same measurements as the other gateways. Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and entry room were the same size as those in the others. It also had windows along its walls and in the entry room. And like the others, the gateway passage was 87� feet long and 43� feet wide. (The entry rooms of the gateways leading into the inner courtyard were 14 feet across and 43� feet wide.) The entry room to the south gateway faced into the outer courtyard. It had palm tree decorations on its columns, and there were eight steps leading to its entrance.

Then he took me to the east gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it, and it had the same measurements as the other gateways. Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and entry room were the same size as those of the others, and there were windows along the walls and in the entry room. The gateway passage measured 87� feet long and 43� feet wide. Its entry room faced into the outer courtyard. It had palm tree decorations on its columns, and there were eight steps leading to its entrance.

Then he took me around to the north gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it, and it had the same measurements as the other gateways. The guard alcoves, dividing walls, and entry room of this gateway had the same measurements as in the others and the same window arrangements. The gateway passage measured 87� feet long and 43� feet wide. Its entry room faced into the outer courtyard, and it had palm tree decorations on the columns. There were eight steps leading to its entrance.
(Ezekiel 40:28-37)

Reflect

Ezekiel’s description of the Temple continues throughout this passage. The details given are not sufficient to guide construction, and there is no evidence that an attempt was ever made to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple according to this plan. Ezekiel’s plan is evidently not a blueprint for construction but a theological statement.

Its message is intended to shame Ezekiel’s generation for their past and motivate them to be faithful in the future. The vision describes a new world in which boundaries between the holy and unholy are established and standards are raised, so that God may return to his Temple to live among his people once again (see Ezekiel 10:3-4; 11:22-23).

Respond

This new Temple finds its fulfillment in Jesus, in whom God’s glory is revealed. His body was the temple that was to be torn down and then raised up in three days (John 2:19). In Jesus, God lived among his people, and by his resurrection he made a way for all people to be with God (Matthew 1:23; Revelation 22:3). Take time to praise God for the spiritual reality of mutual indwelling: We live in God and God lives in us.

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