Ezekiel 45: The New Temple and the Holy District

READ & LISTEN

(25 verses, 4:52 to read)

What I am about to READ

  • The Lord continue to give instructions regarding the new temple.

MARK & LEARN

  • Remember that Ezekiel is preaching to a people in exile in Babylon, a people who are mourning the destruction of the temple. Ezekiel’s vision is one of great hope, of restoration, of the Lord’s renewed kindness. We understand this temple, then, to be a picture and vision of the church.
  • There are a lot of ancient measurements in this chapter.
    • A cubit is about 18 inches (elbow to finger tips). 25,000 cubits is about 8 miles. This is a huge holy-place.
    • An ephah (verse 10 and following) is about 22 liters.
  • The picture of this renewed temple, renewed priesthood, renewed rulers with sacrifices to be made in righteousness, is the hopeful vision of the church of the New Testament, where Jesus is the joy and life and righteousness of His people.
  • The princes will also act according to righteousness. While Jerusalem was destroyed and the people exiled because of their sin, in this new temple there will be holiness and righteousness.

MEDITATE

  • Prayer: O Lord, give us hope in Your Word and promises. Set our hearts on the new heavens and new earth where righteousness dwells, and where we will dwell with You, resurrected and holy. We thank You for establishing Your church and putting us in it. Grant that we would abide in faith and love until we see You face to face, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

(Sorry I’m a day late with these posts.)

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

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