Bible Pathways - September 12, 2005
Read Ezekiel 40
Vision of the future
A few years after the vision of dry bones, Ezekiel received another vision. In the five and twentieth year of our captivity . . . in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me. . . . In the visions of God brought He me into the
The measurements of the grounds and the many details concerning the building and its unusual architectural design are recorded; but no instruction was given to Ezekiel regarding who would build it or when it would be built. In striking contrast, God gave Moses detailed instructions for building the Tabernacle and even the names of the craftsmen who were to build it in the wilderness (Exodus 25:9; 31:1-11).
Zechariah later foretold: Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts . . . Behold the Man whose Name is The Branch (Jesus Christ) . . . He shall grow up out of His place, and He shall build the Temple of the LORD: Even He shall build the Temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both (Zechariah 6:12-13).
Almost 2000 years have passed since the Romans destroyed the
The Tabernacle and its furnishings, including the Brazen Altar and the priests offering sacrifices for the sins of the people, had all foreshadowed Jesus Christ, His atonement for our sins, and our subsequent relationship with Him. Through the Romans, God removed the opportunity for the Jews to further offer sacrifices. These laws were imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an High Priest . . . by a greater and more perfect Tabernacle . . . by His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:10-12; compare John 4:21-24; Galatians 3:23-25; Colossians 2:17).
Through the accuracy of the instructions for the
40:17 were upon = faced; 40:23 over against = opposite; 41:24 turning leaves = hinged panels; 42:20 profane = unholy, common.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts beamed into China, Japan, and the Far East for one week sponsored by Mrs P.Y. Chang · Staff: Benjamin Wallace · Government Officials: Sen. Sam Brownback (KS), Rep. Ben Chandler (KY), Rep. Timothy Murphy (PA), and Rep. Henry Waxman (CA) · Country: Nauru (11,000) in the central Pacific · Major languages: Nauruan and English · Religious freedom · 57% Protestant; 24% Roman Catholic; 10% Buddhist and Chinese folk-religionist · Prayer Suggestion: If we ask anything agreeing with His will, He both hears and answers (I John 5:14-15).
Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 2:12