The New Temple

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Ezekiel 40:1-49, Ezekiel 41:1-4, John 1:14-16, John 2:13-22

Have you ever tried reading through the Bible in a year? While some books and chapters are easy to breeze through, there are parts that can make your eyes glaze over a little.

For me, Ezekiel 40 is one of those chapters. The building instructions for the temple aren’t a super interesting read. It’s easy to feel more like you’re standing in a home improvement store than reading the inspired Word of God. But God has been showing me He has something for us to learn here, too.

In Ezekiel 40 and 41, the people of Judah are twenty-five years into their Babylonian exile. It’s then that God gives Ezekiel a description of a temple restored where His presence would dwell. And in Ezekiel 41:4, God makes a statement that I’m sure not even Ezekiel fully understood at the time. He said,

“This is the most holy place” (Ezekiel 41:4).

What they didn’t know in the middle of their exile was the incredible gift to come for God’s people. The gift wasn’t just their restoration. It was the coming of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

No longer would they have to come to a building to present a sacrifice and be set right with God. God would become human. And through His sacrifice, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit—God dwelling inside of us (John 1:14). In the New Testament, Jesus Christ speaks of a temple that is not a physical place but His body (John 2:21). He has become our Temple and High Priest.

But first, His people had to wait.They had to fully experience exile as they waited for the promise. 

Not sure about you, but this is something I can relate to, especially during this Lenten season. None of us like waiting, but the waiting time and reflecting are often when God shows us His grace!

We may experience painful, frustrating waiting times while we wait on God to rebuild what was lost. But often, He has something so much better planned than what we once had. Something different than what we’ve ever seen or experienced before because that’s just how God works.

Have you ever had to wait a long time to see the fulfillment of one of God’s promises found in Scripture? The waiting is hard. And in the middle, in that awkward space, it can be hard to imagine anything being better than what you had before. But even in the waiting, before you see the rebuilding, He offers grace upon grace. That means it’s constant, and it doesn’t run out. It’s more than we could ask for or even begin to understand (John 1:16).

As we spend time reflecting, we are reminded that God works in the details at all times, even when we don’t see yet what He is building. Will you trust Him with the details and accept His grace in the middle?

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37 thoughts on "The New Temple"

  1. Terri Baldwin says:

    3 When he brought me there, behold, there was a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway. – Ezekiel 40:3

  2. Tonia says:

    Thank you Abby Flynn. Looks like you wrote this word with me in mind. I can totally relate. While I am waiting on God’s promises to be fulfilled in my life, God is teaching me to Trust Him completely and fix my gaze on him alone.
    I trust God completely!

  3. Terany Garnett says:

    I highlighted that the priests from Levites tribe were the only ones who can slaughter. So entrusting to the people from generations before. Also everytime I read these detailed descriptions of God’s temple and I am humbled to know that God did the same with my body for it’s His temple as well

  4. Ashlee Hickson says:

    Jesus is the Word come in flesh ❤️ so beautiful and powerful.

  5. Sylvia Fuller says:

    Grace. God’s Riches At Christ Expense. Grace is Him. He is our gift. Our ever present God. Covenants to never leave us or forsake us. To be with us. Our Emmanuel. God sent Jesus. So we can be with Him. That is GRACE. His act on our behalf. We don’t deserve. Not earned. Just because He loves us. Wow.