September 10: Ezekiel 40-41
1 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me to the city. 2 In visions of God he brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. 3 When he brought me there, behold, there was a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway. 4 And the man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.”
We now come to a very fascinating portion of Scripture which concerns a vision Ezekiel saw in the 25th year of Judah's exile. Ezekiel is brought to a mountain top in Israel and is shown, in detail, a new temple which some say will be the millennial temple. As I am not a student of prophecy I will not speculate as to exactly when this temple will be build, but we can safely say that it has not been built as of this date (September 10, 2008).
When Ezekiel was brought to Israel he saw a man whose appearance was like bronze, who spoke the following words to Ezekiel.
“Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.”
Notice that Ezekiel was to take this information back to the Israelites in captivity. God was telling the people that they would again be a nation in Israel, and that they would build another temple. The temple always represented the center of their religion, so it speaks of God dwelling among them again at a time when they will recognize that God is, indeed, their God.
This time of captivity was one of the bleakest times for the nation of Israel; we find God continually encouraging them with words of His faithfulness to them.
This would be a good time for us to step aside from our daily activities for a moment and look with our eyes, hear with our ears, and set our hearts upon all that we know of God. He alone is God, and nothing is more important in this life than our relationship with Him. All of the promises God made of His faithfulness to His people apply to all Christians from the beginning of time. It is so very important that we are sure of our relationship with the Lord!
As we spend the next few days taking a look at Ezekiel's temple, keep in mind that details are very important to God. Also, it is good to remember from yesterday's devotion that God will not leave one Christian behind; all of His children will dwell with Him forever and worship Him in the new heavens and the new earth. I can hardly wait, how about you?
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.