My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ezekiel 40

A brand new temple

25 years into the Exile, a bronze man with a ruler (3.5m long) showed Ezekiel the new temple.

The wall around it was 1.5 ruler lengths. The east gate was 1 ruler length deep. There were porticos and palm trees. There was a similar north and south gate, and an outer court. There was an inner court. All the measurements were in proportion with one another. There were rooms for preparing sacrifices by each of the gates going to the inner court. There was a room for the priests too. The court was 50m by 50m. The temple itself had sweet sweet jambs.

Key verse:
4. Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.

My thoughts:
Ezekiel's temple has never been built but it symbolises the potential perfection of Israel's cultic worship, which they never acheived. The dimensions and structures point to the holiness of the hypothetical building.

The rest of Ezekiel is basically a desciption of this building Ezekiel saw in the vision.

What's a jamb?


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