Ezekiel 40:28-31 (JDV)
Ezekiel 40:28 Then he brought me to the inner court through the south gate. When he measured the south gate, it had the same measurements as the others.
Ezekiel 40:29 Its recesses, jambs, and portico had the same measurements as the others. Both it and its portico had windows all around. It was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide.
Ezekiel 40:30 (There were porticoes all around, 25 cubits long and five cubits wide.)
Ezekiel 40:31 Its portico faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees. Its stairway had eight steps.
Did you catch the difference between the portico to the outer court (verses 17-27) and the portico to the inner court described here? They probably looked identical, but the portico to the outer court had seven steps. This one has eight. Why the extra step? I don’t know, but my guess is that there is always extra effort needed to renew the inner being — compared to the outer being.
If you have ever tried to diet, you know it takes discipline, commitment, and effort. If you have ever tried to rid your inner self of its horrible habits, you know that takes an extra step.
Our God is committed to changing us — inside and out. Our renewal will not be merely external.