Saturday, October 18, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 85 Friday

Ezekiel chapter 41

This chapter continues the physical description of the temple. This time the man measured the temple itself and not the courtyards. He stops at one point and tells Ezekiel, "This is the most holy place." That is the only time he speaks in this chapter.

Does God issue any commands?

  • Not that I identified.

Does God make any promises?

  • Not that I identified.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The most holy place, or the Holy of Holies, represented the finished work of Jesus on the cross. That was where the atonement was made for sins. (verse 4)
  • In this vision, the man went in! No one was allowed to go inside except the high priest and then only once a year on the Day of Atonement. This seems to be a further indication that the man seen by Ezekiel was Jesus. (See verses 3-4.)
  • Each depiction of a cherub between palm trees had two faces. One face was that of a lion. This is the insignia of Judah. Jesus is the ruler of the tribe of Judah. These are 2 of the 4 faces that Ezekiel mentioned at the beginning of his book. The 4 can be said to correspond to the way that the gospel writers represented Jesus. These two representations, the cherub and the lion, would then represent the servant (Mark) and the King (Matthew).

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

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