Hands that do…
Outside the inner gate were the chambers for the singers in the inner court, one facing south at the side of the northern gateway, and the other facing north at the side of the southern gateway. 45 Then he said to me, “This chamber which faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple. 46 The chamber which faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar; these are the sons of Zadok, from the sons of Levi, who come near the LORD to minister to Him.”
47 And he measured the court, one hundred cubits long and one hundred cubits wide, foursquare. The altar was in front of the temple. 48 Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the doorposts of the vestibule, five cubits on this side and five cubits on that side; and the width of the gateway was three cubits on this side and three cubits on that side. 49 The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the width eleven cubits; and by the steps which led up to it there were pillars by the doorposts, one on this side and another on that side.
When you place the form of the cross upon the description here, the north and south gateways to the temple correspond to the hands of Christ out stretched upon the cross that brought us salvation. Herein are the scars that provide for our redemption. These are the hands that taught us to serve one another and to carry His message of salvation to the dark world. When we stand with arms extended we find our hands in the same position. In Ezekiel’s vision this is where the priests who cared for the temple and altar were found. They ministered to the Lord in care of His temple and in the care of the altar of sacrifice. The question that comes is this: What are our hands doing? Do they minister to our temple to keep it ready for service to Him? Do they provide service to His temple in which we worship? Do they provide the sacrifice of praise – uplifted hands in worship toward Him? Do they provide the sacrifice of love and caring to our dark world, advising of the love of God who sent His Son as the supreme sacrifice for all sin? Do they write of His love? What are we doing to spread the message of judgment and mercy to our dark world? Do they carry the candle of light, the Light of the world, illuminating the darkness, making it flee, lifting the Christ who said; “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me? ”
Lift Him up, let His light shine, let our hands be active spreading His word.