Scripture: Ezekiel 40-41. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God gave Ezekiel visions of a new temple served to restore the worship of God. The chapters give the temple measurements and then describe how the temple would be filled with God’s glory. While it is not clear whether the temple is literal or symbolic, it does seem clear that the vision God gave to Ezekiel is a vision of His final perfect kingdom. The next few chapters of Ezekiel explain how this new temple was to be the focal point of everything, demonstrating how the perfect relationship with God is when all of life centers on Him. Follow along in Ezekiel 40-41 to read about the details of this new temple area used to restore the worship of God!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
In earlier times, sacrifices were used to ask God for forgiveness and to cleanse people from their failures. However, Christ died for our sins, and that practice of sacrifices is no longer used. When we ask God for forgiveness, and our sins have been removed, no further sacrifice is needed. We must make sure to thank God for this precious gift on a daily basis. One day, all people who have been faithful to God will live in perfect harmony and will enjoy eternal life with Him. What an amazing thing to look forward to!
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Ezekiel and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.