Moving In

Ezekiel 40:17–27 (NKJV)

17 Then he brought me into the outer court; and there were chambers and a pavement made all around the court; thirty chambers faced the pavement. 18 The pavement was by the side of the gateways, corresponding to the length of the gateways; this was the lower pavement. 19 Then he measured the width from the front of the lower gateway to the front of the inner court exterior, one hundred cubits toward the east and the north.

20 On the outer court was also a gateway facing north, and he measured its length and its width. 21 Its gate chambers, three on this side and three on that side, its gateposts and its archways, had the same measurements as the first gate; its length was fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits. 22 Its windows and those of its archways, and also its palm trees, had the same measurements as the gateway facing east; it was ascended by seven steps, and its archway was in front of it. 23 A gate of the inner court was opposite the northern gateway, just as the eastern gateway; and he measured from gateway to gateway, one hundred cubits.

24 After that he brought me toward the south, and there a gateway was facing south; and he measured its gateposts and archways according to these same measurements. 25 There were windows in it and in its archways all around like those windows; its length was fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits. 26 Seven steps led up to it, and its archway was in front of them; and it had palm trees on its gateposts, one on this side and one on that side. 27 There was also a gateway on the inner court, facing south; and he measured from gateway to gateway toward the south, one hundred cubits.

The Lord’s description of the outer court and the north and south gates is indicative of the guide leading Ezekiel into the inner parts of the temple complex, revealing the outer court, where anyone could come and conduct the business of the Jewish faith.  Ezekiel is moving into the temple area, seeing more and more of where the faith would be lived out.

While these measurements and descriptions may not mean a great deal to the uninvolved reader, the progress into the temple complex does have some meaning to Christians as well.  The temple complex is traditionally one that demonstrates the levels of worship that one can move through in order to reach the powerful unveiled presence of God.  This passage simply shows a worshipper getting into the outer court through the Eastern gate and beginning to observe the house of the Lord and experience His presence from a distance.  It is a call to move in closer and experience Him in a deeper way.  Move in!

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