September 11, 2017 Bible Study — The Temple In the Restored Jerusalem

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 41-43.

    In today’s passage Ezekiel continues with giving a description, including detailed dimensions, of the Temple he saw in his vision. In his vision this was the Temple which would be built after God restored the people of Israel. Every time I read this passage I find myself wondering what the significance of these dimensions is. What does it matter how thick the walls are? Or how many rooms line the outside of the Temple? The most meaningful part of the passage for me is Ezekiel’s description of the glory of the Lord returning to the Temple. It is a sort of reverse of his earlier vision of the glory of the Lord leaving the Temple. God tells Ezekiel that when this Temple is built, the people of Israel will never again worship other gods but will faithfully keep God’s commands. That makes me wonder if this is purely metaphorical. However, the detailed description of the Temple suggests that it is not metaphorical. Perhaps one of these years the Holy Spirit will give me greater insight into this passage.

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