Studies in Ezekiel – Ezekiel 43:1-12
In the latter visions of Ezekiel he is shown a heavenly temple by an angelic being. The glory of this temple far outreaches that of the temple of Solomon or the temple of Herod. It looks forward to the heavenly temple where the saved will dwell with their Savior.
See also: Heb. 4:12; Is 55:11; Gen. 35:2 Matt. 1:23; Rev 21:1-2
D – W – E – L – L
Divine – v. 1 – God is present, not absent. Have no doubt. God watches over you.
Waters – v. 1 – God’s voice is a living flow, it is the voice of the waters of life. The next time you are near a rushing stream stop and listen. Listen for the heavenly voice.
Entrance – v. 4 – As the prophet steps off the footage of the new temple he comes to an entrance that shall be used by the Messiah. Emmanuel means God is with us. God enters our world, our dwelling.
Laxity – v. 8, 9 – In an age of laxity and casual living let this be a warning. Israel was punished for its casual lifestyle and its disregard of the holy. God must be honored as holy.
Living – v. 7 – Life in the new temple will be lived according to God’s law. It will be holy living with God.
Exemplary Story: Sometimes I eagerly clip from the Sunday newspaper a plan-of-the-week. It is a floor plan for a house, and building plans can be ordered for a small fee. If I find the plan attractive, I imagine building it on a lot in the country. For believers there is a far better plan designed by the master builder. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)