The Glory of the Lord

Ezekiel 43:1–12 (NKJV)

The Temple, the Lord’s Dwelling Place

43 Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. And the glory of the Lord came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east. The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

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Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places. When they set their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My holy name by the abominations which they committed; therefore I have consumed them in My anger. Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.

10 “Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them. 12 This is the law of the temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.

Once the design and measurements of the new temple to be in Jerusalem was given by the Lord to Ezekiel, a vision of the presence of the Lord coming to the temple was next.  Ezekiel saw the presence, or glory, of the Lord coming from the way of the east, an awesome, glorious presence.  He entered the temple through the eastern gate, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.  This was very similar to the account of the glory of the Lord filling Solomon’s temple a few hundred years earlier.  This vision seemed to signify that proper temple worship was to be restored in Judah and Israel once the people of God were brought back from captivity.  Sin a defilement are coming to an end.  The pattern of the temple was to be followed exactly, with these measurements used as a template to judge the construction of the Jews.  

The thing to remember here is this:  If we are to experience the presence of the Lord, we must prepare a place for Him.  Not necessarily a temple, but most definitely a heart formed and fashioned in holiness and obedience.  For when we are humble before God, He will come in, and His glory will fill the temple.  God longs to dwell (tabernacle) with us.   He created us for fellowship with Him.  But we need to offer our hearts as a sacrifice and know Him.  His glory will then fill your temple!

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