hope for a revived future
Ezekiel 40:35-37 (JDV)
Ezekiel 40:35 Then he brought me to the north gate. When he measured it, it had the same measurements as the others,
Ezekiel 40:36 as did its recesses, jambs, and portico. It also had windows all around. It was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide.
Ezekiel 40:37 Its portico faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees on each side. Its stairway had eight steps.
No surprises here. I’m just reflecting again on the reality of the new temple. The fact that Ezekiel sees a new temple suggests hope for a revived future — one in which God is again present among his people, and worship resumes minus the corruption and shame that Ezekiel saw in his earlier visions of the present temple.
How about you? Do you sense that God is doing something in you, your family, your church? Are things going to improve? The Christian gospel calls on people in the worst conditions to rejoice, not because they have the power within them to change their circumstances, but because Christ chooses to bless them. The future is always brighter because God is going to intervene.
LORD, rebuild us — a fitting temple for your presence.