16/09/11

How does your Temple measure?

Ezekiel 41:13 - So he measured the house, an hundred cubits long; and the separate place, and the building, with the walls thereof, an hundred cubits long;

In the scripture we received today the Lord talks of measuring the Temple, and the means of measurement used is cubits. A cubit is considered roughly as 18inchs, roughly because it varied. The variation was because 1 cubit meant the measurement of 1 human hand and the length of all hands are not the same.

If one reads chapters 40, 41 and 42 of Ezekiel it talks of measuring a Temple and any person with basic architectural sense would find this temple like a crocked, topsy-turvy structure making no architectural sense. But when we understand the symbolic representation of each measurement and the part of the structure measured; it will cause us to be stunted in awe. This structure is the wonder of wonders, far, far greater than the 7 wonders of the world made by man. This structure in fact is a wonder not only on earth but even in Heaven, even the Angels look at this structure in awe.

One may wonder what Temple is this.

The measurements are dimensions of a perfect heart, the perfect inner-man. In these chapters the Lord gives the dimensions of what He considers perfect which even He considers as a great wonder. If God Who has created this world and all the beautiful creations that exist and still thinks the most beautiful is a perfect Temple then imagine the beauty of it.

Even though we may not be able to create anything which God has made, but yet God has given us the ability to create the most beautiful thing not only on earth but even in Heaven and what are we going to do? He has given us a sample of that perfection in Jesus Christ and also gave us the dimensions, all instructions required with all resources and the help we need to replicate this structure in us. Are we going to create this Wonder of Creations or are we going to make an ugly structure and ask God to dwell in it?

He created all things and said 'it is good' but left the perfect thing for us to create. He made the basic structure and has given it to us and says "make this perfect and be like Me to be with me forever".

If we love God then let us follow the Book of Instructions and make our hearts (inner-man) according to the measurements which the Lord has provided.

Let us each look at our lives and ask ourselves how does our Temple measure and if we are daily working on this structure to make it perfect?


[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, no man or woman stood anywhere to your expectations. Even though David's heart was loved by You yet we saw how weak and unsteady he was. You showed us in Jesus an example of perfection but making Him our cornerstone we too want to build the most beautiful structure for You to dwell. By the Helper You gave us and the jumpstart we received through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God we know we can make it. Help us decorate this structure with the precious gems of Heaven the Fruits of the Holy Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[ Reference Scriptures ]
Psalms 10:1-2
1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

2 Samuel 7:5-7
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

Ezekiel 40:1-4
1 In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither.
2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.
3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.
4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.


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