a restored temple

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a restored temple

Ezekiel 40:5-16 (JDV)

Ezekiel 40:5 I noticed there was a wall surrounding the outside of the house. The measuring reed in the man’s hand was six long cubits; each unit was a cubit and a hand-breadth.1 He measured the thickness of the wall structure; it was six cubits, and its height was the same.
Ezekiel 40:6 Then he came to the gate that faced east and climbed its steps. He measured the threshold of the gate; it was six long cubits deep – one threshold was six long cubits deep.
Ezekiel 40:7 Each recess was six long cubits long and six long cubits deep, and there was a space of five cubits between the recesses. The inner threshold of the gate on the house side next to the gate’s portico was six cubits.
Ezekiel 40:8 Next he measured the gate’s portico;
Ezekiel 40:9 it was eight cubits, and its jambs were two cubits. The gate’s portico was on the house side.
Ezekiel 40:10 There were three recesses on each side of the east gate, each with the same measurements, and the jambs on either side also had the same measurements.
Ezekiel 40:11 Then he measured the width of the gate’s entrance; it was ten cubits, while the width of the gate was thirteen cubits.
Ezekiel 40:12 There was a barrier of a cubit in front of the recesses on both sides, and the recesses on each side were six long cubits square.
Ezekiel 40:13 Then he measured the gate from the roof of one recess to the roof of the opposite one; the distance was 43 3/4 feet. The openings of the recesses faced each other.
Ezekiel 40:14 Next, he measured the porch – 105 feet.
Ezekiel 40:15 The distance from the front of the gate at the entrance to the front of the gate’s portico on the inside was 50 cubits.
Ezekiel 40:16 The recesses and their jambs had beveled windows all around the inside of the gate. The porticoes also had windows all around on the inside. Each jamb was decorated with palm trees.

a restored temple

In a previous vision, Ezekiel had seen the corruption of his people by touring the temple. Now, Ezekiel is given a tour of a new temple and only sees beauty, order, and magnificence. The restored temple represents a restored people. The presence of God can live there again. The worship of God can take place there again. Access to the LORD is restored.

LORD, restore the beauty, order, and magnificence of your temple in us.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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