The Glory returns!
Scripture reading for August 30th: Ezekiel 40-43
God had taken Ezekiel to Jerusalem in a vision and placed him on a mountain where he could watch. A man or angel, took a measuring rod and began to measure the temple. (Ezekiel 40:1-4) Ezekiel was told to write down what he saw in this vision in order to tell the Israelites what was happening there. Ezekiel was in Babylon with the captives at this time and the captivity had been going for 14 years. He was to share this vision to give hope and encouragement to the captives of God’s promised restoration.
“Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with His glory.” (Ezekiel 43:1-2) After the angelic man had finished measuring the temple and rooms, he brought Ezekiel to the east gate of the temple. He then saw a vision of the glory of God coming back to the temple. He had witnessed the glory leaving at the beginning of his ministry and wrote of that in Ezekiel 10:18-19. As Ezekiel watched, the glory of the Lord entered the east gate of the temple and then the glory of the Lord filled the inner court of the temple. Ezekiel was again overcome and fell facedown! (Ezekiel 43:3-4)
The Lord spoke prophetically to Ezekiel about this event. “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet. This is the place where I will live among the Israelites forever.” (Ezekiel 43:7) The temple in Jerusalem is a place chosen by God for His throne. He has stated that it will be a dwelling place for eternity. These words are true, even though we do not yet see them fulfilled.
Jesus Christ, a son of David came to the rebuilt temple and brought God’s glory back again to Israel. He offered Himself for the sins of the world, including Israel. He rose again from the dead and ascended to heaven on clouds of glory, promising to come again and set up His eternal kingdom in Jerusalem. There He would rule and reign forever! Ezekiel was being shown the ultimate purpose of the temple and he wrote it down to encourage us! Praise the Lord!