Over the last few posts, Ezekiel has been given a vision of how the Temple will look. I learned just how important it is to set aside time to be in a holy space to pray daily. Time spent with God is effective time. More treasure is found and gold is mined during time spent with God than will ever be taken from the earth.
After Ezekiel gets a visionary tour through the Temple of God, he then is given a vision of the glory of God. The prophet Ezekiel is to tell people about what he sees just like God wants us to tell others about His plan. If we go to work for God, He will work on us. If we go to work on His plans, His plans will work on us. Whatever good things we build, end up building character in us.
I then learned about how they had to follow the law in order to be acceptable to God. Today it’s much easier because we no longer have to offer atoning sacrifices. We don’t have to jump through hoops with thousands of dollars worth of livestock or days of waiting to be approved by God. Jesus Christ of Nazareth changed everything. Because of His death and resurrection, we have immediate, constant, and forever acceptance.
Now, I will continue my journey through Ezekiel 44-46. The reading plan below with questions to provide fuel for my thoughts will be used. Join me over the next few post to help find out who is leading Ezekiel on these visionary tours, the instructions for a positive future, and what we can expect if we follow God’s plan for us.
Does God’s Glory seem commonplace to you? Who is the man leading Ezekiel on the tour? What are the restrictions for the privilege of standing before God (verses 15-31)? To what extent are you careful about morally “legitimate” things which destroy the ultimate purpose? Why?
What is the place of the temple in that national life? Why are weights and measures now standardized (See verses Lev 19:35-36; Deut. 25:13-16)?
Note the orderliness required in verses 1-10. How does disorder affect your spirit of worship? Why are safeguards necessary for someone in power (See verses 16-18 with 45:9)? To what extent are you respecting the bounds of confidence placed in you without stealing reputation or using it for personal advantage? Why?
I will use the reading plan above as a tool for daily Bible study. My prayer is that the readings, questions above, and the experiences I go through this week will provide some good thoughts to share over the next few posts. I’m praying that the lessons will help not only me but all who read so we can apply them in our activities and conversation as we spend each day with God.
- Ezekiel 42-43 Questions for Reflection (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)