Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 4 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 41-42
Food for Thought: Ez. 42:13-14
As Christians, we must understand the concept of approaching the Lord in His Temple in the light of who the He has made us to be and our position in Him now that the Great High Priest, Jesus, has completed every spiritual requirement for us. Serving as a model of the current Temple, the description of the Temple and the responsibilities of the priests detailed by Ezekiel lead us to appreciate even more our place and what Jesus accomplished for our benefit.
It’s a different temple now, one not made by human hands. Both individually and corporately, we make up the temple of God, and His Spirit dwells within us (I Cor. 3:16). Therefore, the materials and dimensions of the temple are quite different, as described in Ephesians 2:19-20:
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
Not only do we make up the Temple, we also serve within it. Clothed in righteousness (Is. 61:10; Eph. 4:24), we are seated together with Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Eph. 2:5, 6). And just as the priests mentioned in Ezekiel had their place in the temple and then also among the common people (vs. 14), so do we, though for us it is simultaneous. Explaining our position through Jesus, Revelation 1:5, 6 says, “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
And there in His presence, like the priests of old, we “eat the most holy offerings (vs. 13)” when we take communion, partaking of the sacrificed Lamb (John 1:29; 6:55-57) and the Bread of life (John 6:35). First Corinthians 11:24-25 explains, “and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’” The sacrifice on the altar is perpetual, constantly giving us life as we take it in.
Thank God for His master design! Just as He told Ezekiel to take note of each and every detail of His design, so should we as it relates to our place in the Temple. The more revelation we gain from it, the more familiar we are with where the Lord has placed us and our function in it.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):