- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 40
Chapter 40-48:35 is the final section of the book of Ezekiel and presents the vision of the restored temple and land, and a continuation of the theme of chapter 33-39, the restoration of Israel religiously and politically, a vision of new Israel and a transformed people.
The temple that Ezekiel saw in his vision is the Solomon’s temple, in which he probably served as priest before his exile. The restoration of the temple is the beginning of the restoration, reserved the judgement of the temple, departure of God’s presence from the temple in chapters 8 -11.
“in the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city,” (v.1) indicates April 28, 573BC. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of his exile, Ezekiel is transported in a vision to the temple mountain. Chapter 40 is the vision of the temple area, gates, outer and inner courts.
The temple is oriented eastward. The outer east gate figures prominently in the return of the divine glory. The temple has three main parts: a vestibule, the nave/sanctuary, and the most holy place.
The reed was about ten feet, four inches long. The long cubit was about 20.68 inches. The ordinary cubit was about 17.5 inches. The equal height and width of the outer retaining wall corresponds to the symmetry of the enclosure itself.
God restored Israel and her people, by restoring the temple.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?