Ezekiel’s vision of the perfect temple reminded the people that God would come among them. This took place when Immanuel (“God with us”) came.

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 43:1-10

ESV Text: Ezekiel 43:1-10

Ezekiel 43:1–10 (Listen)

The Glory of the Lord Fills the Temple

43:1 Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he1 came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal. And I fell on my face. As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple, and he said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel forever. And the house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoring and by the dead bodies2 of their kings at their high places,3 by setting their threshold by my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them. They have defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed, so I have consumed them in my anger. Now let them put away their whoring and the dead bodies of their kings far from me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.

10 “As for you, son of man, describe to the house of Israel the temple, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and they shall measure the plan.

Footnotes

[1] 43:3 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts when I

[2] 43:7 Or the monuments; also verse 9

[3] 43:7 Or at their deaths

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 43

     1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: 2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 3 And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4 And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. 5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. 6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

     7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. 8 In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger. 9 Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever. 10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 136:
Angels from the Realms of Glory

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Angels from the realms of glory, 
Wing your flight o’er all the earth; 
Ye who sang creation’s story, 
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth: 
Come and worship, 
Come and worship; 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 

2. Shepherds in the fields abiding, 
Watching o’er your flocks by night, 
God with man is now residing, 
Yonder shines the Infant Light: 
Come and worship: 
Come and worship, 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 

3. Sages, leave your contemplations; 
Brighter visions beam afar; 
Seek the great Desire of nations, 
Ye have seen His natal star: 
Come and worship, 
Come and worship; 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 

4. Saints, before the altar bending, 
Watching long in hope and fear, 
Suddenly the Lord, descending, 
In His Temple shall appear: 
Come and worship, 
Come and worship; 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 


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