Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 42:1-43:27 (additional reading: Psalm 119:1-16 & Proverbs 28:6-7)
Ezekiel 43:10-12 “This is the law of the temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple. The word Hagiazo means to sanctify, consecrate, dedicate, purify or to set apart. God promises us in Exodus 29:43 “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory.
God is instructing the House of Israel to measure the pattern of the temple. He was not talking about some architectural drawing or way of construction but a comparison of how the Nation was living and how God created them to live.
The tabernacle and temple in the Old Testament was the revelation of God for the pattern of man. Outer Court – Body, Holy Place – Soul, Holy of Holies – Spirit. We see this again in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “ May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”
The outer court could only be entered one way through the door speaking of Jesus Christ. In the outer court were two pieces of furniture: 1. The Brazen Altar 2. The Laver Both these items speak of sanctification. One through sacrifice the other through meditation and washing. The first through the blood, the second through the word.(1 Peter 1:17-18, Hebrews 13:12, Ephesians 5:26)
In the HOLY PLACE The Holy place had three items of furniture: a. The Golden Candelabra, b. The Table of Shewbread and c. The Golden Altar of Incense (Leviticus 24:1-4). The light of the candelabra was produced by burning the olive oil. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Light is truth; truth can only come through the Holy Spirit! This speaks of the mind the source of our thoughts, ideas and choices, which control our actions or will and result in feelings. The bread is made with fine flour speaking of the redeemed which is mixed together to become one loaf. Leviticus 24:5-9 and this speaks of relationships. The frankincense burned on the altar of incense was to be of only one kind so to make it and burn it speaks of obedience. Exodus 30:9, Numbers 20:12 Renewed mind, Right relationships, Righteousness or right acting.
HOLY OF HOLIES – This speaks of our spirit where God dwells. In this place rests the Ark of His Presence containing the Rod of Aaron, Tablets of Law and the Jar of Manna speaking of 1. Resurrection Power 2. Order 3. Revelation or rhema word.
We are to be like this temple. The Temple was on top of the Mountain speaking of exaltation and visibility. The Temple was on the Mountain speaking of stability and firmness and the Temple was Holy speaking of separation and sanctification.