Saturday, October 18, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 85 Thursday

Ezekiel chapter 40

In the 25th year of captivity, God took Ezekiel to a high mountain near Jerusalem in a vision. There Ezekiel saw a man that had a measuring rod. The man measured the various rooms of the temple.

Does God issue any commands?

  • The man standing in the gate and holding flax and measuring rod told Ezekiel to declare all that he saw to the house of Israel. What Ezekiel saw was a vision of the temple. This chapter describes the inner and outer courts plus the porch.

Does God make any promises?

  • None that I identified.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Based upon the description of the man that held the flax and measuring rod as compared to the description of Jesus in Revelation 1 I think that Ezekiel saw Jesus.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The Apostle John had a similar experience in his own vision. He was taken to the mountain in Rev. 21:10 where he saw the New Jerusalem descending. In Revelation 11:1 he was given a reed for measuring the temple and in 21:15 he was given a golden reed for measuring the New Jerusalem. Ezekiel's vision was not of the New Jerusalem or of the temple seen by John but there are many parallels. The one teaches us about the other.

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