so that they may be ashamed

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so that they may be ashamed

Ezekiel 43:10-12 (JDV)

Ezekiel 43:10 “As for you, son of Adam, describe the house to the house of Israel, so that they may be ashamed of their iniquities. Let them measure its pattern,
Ezekiel 43:11 and they will be ashamed of all that they have done. Reveal the design of the house to them – its layout with its exits and entrances – its complete design along with all its prescriptions, design specifications, and laws. Write it down in their sight so that they may observe its complete design and all its prescriptions and may carry them out.
Ezekiel 43:12 This is the law of the house: All its surrounding territory on top of the mountain will be especially devoted. Notice, this is the law of the house.

so that they may be ashamed

Think of it like this: you have been tasked with building a house, and you build as you like. Then, you get ahold of a blueprint. Suddenly, you realize how far you have transgressed from the original plan.

That is why Ezekiel has just spent all the chapters explaining the architectural details of the new temple. The point is not that Israel had to rebuild its temple. the point is that the old temple had not measured up.

And there is a deeper point for all of us. We should be ashamed as well. Our bodies are God’s temple, and we have not built them to suit their designer.

LORD, we are ashamed of what we have done to ourselves. Rebuild us by you Holy Spirit.

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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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