Having been cast into a trance and brought in spirit to the holy land, Ezekiel saw on the top of a high mountain what at first he thought was a city but was in fact the temple, with its courts and buildings. It was, however, a new temple. While the sanctuary itself was similar to that of Solomon’s temple, the surroundings were very different. The prophet was met by a heavenly messenger, who had a measuring-tape of flax and a measuring-rod, and who acted as his guide.
- What two responsibilities did the heavenly messenger place on the prophet? See verse 4. When judged by these standards, how far is your own Bible study a success?
- Follow the link (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ground_Plan_of_Ezekiel’s_Temple.png), follow the prophet’s route as he was shown the outer gateway on the east (verses 6-16), the outer court (verse 17-19), and the gateways on the north and south (verses 20-27); then the inner court on a higher level, also with three gateways (verses 28-37). In the inner court, alongside the north gate, were a chamber and tables (verses 38-43), and there were two chambers for the priests, one near the north gate and another near the south gate (verses 44-47).
- Note the symmetry of the ground plan of the temple. Has this anything to teach us about God?
Notes Verse 5. Two cubits were in use, one being eighteen inches long and the other twenty-one inches – a ‘handbreadth’ extra. The longer cubit was that used by Ezekiel. The measuring-rod would therefore have been ten foot six inches long.