Today you should read: Ezekiel 42
Ezekiel 42 is a continuation of the vision that Ezekiel receives of the new temple in Jerusalem. In this vision, Ezekiel is shown the splendor and majesty of God. The description specifically in chapter 42 is of the chambers that exist in the temple. The chapter closes with this:
He measured it on the four sides. It had a wall around it, 500 cubits long and 500 cubits broad, to make a separation between the holy and the common. (v. 20, ESV)
I can’t help but think about that last phrase: the separation between what is holy and what is common. The temple existed for the glory of God. Our sin separates us from God—it is an abomination to him. Because of our sin, we are separated from the holiness of God. An amazing, gospel-rich book for kids that we have been reading our daughter called The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross, describes it this way: because of our sin, we can’t come in. But one of the amazing things of the gospel is that because of Jesus, we can come in. We can enter the presence of God because our sin has been forgiven. When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain that separated the common from the holy was literally torn in two (see Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45).
When you read Old Testament accounts of the temple, don’t miss the connection to Jesus. Allow it to be a reminder to rely on the power of the gospel and to look to Jesus as the fulifllment of our great need.
By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor
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