The Inner Temple

Ezekiel 41:1–26 (NKJV)

41:1 Then he brought me into the sanctuary and measured the doorposts, six cubits wide on one side and six cubits wide on the other side—the width of the tabernacle. The width of the entryway was ten cubits, and the side walls of the entrance were five cubits on this side and five cubits on the other side; and he measured its length, forty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits.

Also he went inside and measured the doorposts, two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits high; and the width of the entrance, seven cubits. He measured the length, twenty cubits; and the width, twenty cubits, beyond the sanctuary; and he said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place.”

The Angelic Guide takes Ezekiel into the temple in this vision, and shows him the dimensions of the inside areas, eventually showing him the Most Holy Place, but not allowing him to enter it.  A cubit, by the way, is between 18 and 20 inches.

Next, he measured the wall of the temple, six cubits. The width of each side chamber all around the temple was four cubits on every side. The side chambers were in three stories, one above the other, thirty chambers in each story; they rested on ledges which were for the side chambers all around, that they might be supported, but not fastened to the wall of the temple. As one went up from story to story, the side chambers became wider all around, because their supporting ledges in the wall of the temple ascended like steps; therefore the width of the structure increased as one went up from the lowest story to the highest by way of the middle one. I also saw an elevation all around the temple; it was the foundation of the side chambers, a full rod, that is, six cubits high. The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits, and so also the remaining terrace by the place of the side chambers of the temple. 10 And between it and the wall chambers was a width of twenty cubits all around the temple on every side. 11 The doors of the side chambers opened on the terrace, one door toward the north and another toward the south; and the width of the terrace was five cubits all around.

12 The building that faced the separating courtyard at its western end was seventy cubits wide; the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length ninety cubits.

The pictures at the bottom of this blog illustrate the measurements given to Ezekiel by the guide.  The temple, basically, was set on a 10 foot base, and had multiple rooms on either side, with three major sections inside: the porch, the nave, and the holy of holies.  This description talks about the annexes which housed supplies and was used for housing for Levites and priests.  The open area between the annexes and the temple proper made the temple an island inside the complex.  

13 So he measured the temple, one hundred cubits long; and the separating courtyard with the building and its walls was one hundred cubits long; 14 also the width of the eastern face of the temple, including the separating courtyard, was one hundred cubits. 15 He measured the length of the building behind it, facing the separating courtyard, with its galleries on the one side and on the other side, one hundred cubits, as well as the inner temple and the porches of the court, 16 their doorposts and the beveled window frames. And the galleries all around their three stories opposite the threshold were paneled with wood from the ground to the windows—the windows were covered—17 from the space above the door, even to the inner room, as well as outside, and on every wall all around, inside and outside, by measure.

18 And it was made with cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces, 19 so that the face of a man was toward a palm tree on one side, and the face of a young lion toward a palm tree on the other side; thus it was made throughout the temple all around. 20 From the floor to the space above the door, and on the wall of the sanctuary, cherubim and palm trees were carved.

The inner rooms of the temple were ornate, with carvings of palm trees and cherubim on each wall.  See the pictures at the bottom of the blog for a rendering of what they may have looked like.

21 The doorposts of the temple were square, as was the front of the sanctuary; their appearance was similar. 22 The altar was of wood, three cubits high, and its length two cubits. Its corners, its length, and its sides were of wood; and he said to me, “This is the table that is before the Lord.”

23 The temple and the sanctuary had two doors. 24 The doors had two panels apiece, two folding panels: two panels for one door and two panels for the other door. 25 Cherubim and palm trees were carved on the doors of the temple just as they were carved on the walls. A wooden canopy was on the front of the vestibule outside. 26 There were beveled window frames and palm trees on one side and on the other, on the sides of the vestibule—also on the side chambers of the temple and on the canopies.

The windows were covered, and the doors were also carved with cherubim and palm trees.  “The table that is before the Lord” was at the front of the sanctuary, signifying the sacrificial nature of worship in the restored Jerusalem temple.  

What can all this mean for us today?  Let us prepare a temple for the Lord worthy of His name.  I do not necessarily mean a physical temple with gold and wood carved with images, but rather prepare your heart to worship Him.  Prepare yourself in holiness.  Prepare yourself in purity.  Prepare your inner temple to meet the specifications of the angelic guide.  Worship Him as He demands, rather than offering Him leftovers and irregulars, seconds and inferior offerings.  Give God the best you have and you will experience His best as well!

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2 thoughts on “The Inner Temple

  1. Pastor Gregg, I get so much more understanding by your explanations each day. I read Devoted to you each morning. Thank you!

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