(20 verses, 1:27 to read)
MARK & LEARN
- 1-14: Remember that this is the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ giving a tour here. This section especially focuses on the north and south chambers where the priests eat the most holy offerings and change in and out of their garments.
15-20: Now He leads Ezekiel outside for the final portion of the tour. Note especially the final verse, which seems emphatic throughout the entire description of the temple – there is a distinction and separation between that which is holy and that which is common.
- There’s a couple of amazing comforts in this tour of the temple that have struck me. First, as the Lord Himself is giving the tour, there comes the comfort of the care and love He has for the temple. As comforting as it is that all the hairs on our head are numbered, so too shall it be comforting to begin to consider what all Jesus means when He states, “I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:13).”
- Second, as the distinction between what is common and what is holy runs throughout the tour of the temple, let alone throughout the Bible, we ought pause and consider the holy things of God – His Word and His Sacraments – and even our very own bodies for “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (1 Cor. 6:19-20).”