Follow the link This section opens with a description of other building in the inner court (42:1-12), together with the purposes they are intended to serve (42:13,14).See diagram 1.The measurements of the outer wall, and of the whole temple area, are then stated (42:15-20). In 43:1-9 the prophet sees in a vision the glory of the Lord returning by the east gate, the gate by which, years before, he had seen him depart (11:1, 22, 23 ).
- Observe emphasis on the holiness of God. See especially 42:13, 14; 43 :7-9,11,12. How was the holiness of the temple to be safeguarded, in order to bear witness to this truth about the Lord?
- How, for us, have the barriers been removed that separate us from the Holy one? And on what conditions may we draw near to God and give him acceptable service? Cf.2cor.7:1; Heb.7:24; 10:14,19; 1 Pet.2:5.
Note. 43:7-9. In Solomon’s temple there was no walled-off outer court separating the temple from the unconsecrated ground without (cf.42:20). The temple, royal palace and other buildings all stood together in one great enclosure, and the burial-ground of the Kings was not for away.