Day 36

The Return of the Lord’s Glory

from the Ezekiel: Come to Life (Lent 2022) reading plan


Ezekiel 41:5-26, Ezekiel 42:1-20, Ezekiel 43:1-12, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:19-22

BY Tameshia Williams

Ezekiel shows a God who wants to be near to His people, but will not compromise His character, even for the ones He so dearly loves. The goal of God’s judgment wasn’t to banish His people from the land forever. It was to show the people their sins, and in doing so to motivate them to return to keeping the covenant that they had with the Lord. In this last section of Ezekiel, we get a marvelous picture of God’s glorious return to His temple and to His people.

His voice sounded like the roar of a huge torrent, and the earth shone with his glory.
—Ezekiel 43:2

What a joy for Ezekiel to see and hear the signs of God’s return instead of the previous visions that showed God’s presence departing the temple and from the city of Jerusalem. Now, in today’s reading, God returns to the temple, where His presence will remain. And He calls for His people to return to Him, promising the nearness of His presence in His temple (Ezekiel 43:9).

In his letters to various churches, Paul reveals something new about the temple, something new about God’s people. We are His temple; His Spirit lives in us (1Corinthians 3:16). Let that sink in for a minute. For centuries, the temple was the chosen meeting place for God and His people. It was the sacred space that housed God’s presence. But because of Jesus, we no longer must go to a temple or any other physical location in order to approach God. We are that sacred space, marked by His presence.

Just as the earth shone with God’s glory in Ezekiel’s vision, we have the opportunity to shine with God’s glory—for our lives to reflect His holy character (v.17). The temple was beautiful, a sight to behold. We are also beautiful, but in a different way. As God’s redeemed people, our story is marked by grace and forgiveness and redemption. 

We are not as perfect or as smooth or as finely chiseled as the stones that made up the temple. But what a wonder we are—broken and flawed people whom God has made beautiful by His grace. We “are no longer foreigners and strangers” (Ephesians 2:19). We now belong to God’s spiritual household. And as His living temple, we continue to grow together through the Spirit in beautiful ways—in the beauty of holiness (v.20). 

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41 thoughts on "The Return of the Lord’s Glory"

  1. Terri Baldwin says:

    17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. – 1 Corinthians 3:17

  2. Leigh Gorham says:

    HEIDI V & LEE GAAR, thank you so much! All of these prayers have been a tangible blessing and today is the first day I have felt somewhat stronger.

  3. Leigh Gorham says:

    Michelle, thank you for your kindness.

  4. Leigh Gorham says:

    Jennifer, thank you so much.

  5. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, – Revelations 21:1-4,22-24

  6. Sky Hilton says:

    Through Jesus we are no longer strangers to God, but a part of His family. How amazing is that? I love you Jesus, thank you for giving us your spirit and love, but also correction to make us better. Life is not life without you.

  7. Jennifer Anapol says:

    Leigh, I am praying for healing and strength for you and your son.

  8. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I believe that God designed us with just as much care and planning as he designed Tyne temple. Sisters, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I pray we all never forget that truth❤️ Have a blessed week!

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