Week 47 Day 4
Wednesday (Ezekiel 40 – 42)
Ezekiel was taken to a mountain, in a vision, and told “Son of man, watch closely, listen carefully, and pay attention to everything I show you, for you have been brought here so that I can show it to you. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.”
Then he was brought into “… the inner sanctuary and … He said to me, “This is the most holy place.”
Ezekiel was shown more “This chamber which faces south is for the priests who keep charge of the temple, and the chamber which faces north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar. These are the descendants of Zadok, from the descendants of Levi, who may approach the Lord to minister to him.”
And more “The north chambers and the south chambers which face the courtyard are holy chambers where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will place the most holy offerings – the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, because the place is holy. When the priests enter, then they will not go out from the sanctuary to the outer court without taking off their garments in which they minister, for these are holy; they will put on other garments, then they will go near the places where the people are.”
The level of theoretical-temple detail matched that He had given to Moses and to David.
Ezekiel had a vision of a new temple which was remarkably detailed – it was intended to inspire the people – but it’s realization would be blocked by the rebellion of the people and replaced by the new individual covenant.
When have you contemplated the differences in your life between living under the ancient system of literal sacrifice versus grace and the new covenant of Christ?
Dear Lord, You provided Ezekiel – and through him the people – a visual representation of the new temple You desired to create for them. May I rest in the assurance that Your words in Jeremiah 29:11 remain forever-true, “… plans to give you hope and a future …”. Amen. dmc2016