The imprint of the cross reflected…

Ezekiel 40:28-37

Then he brought me to the inner court through the southern gateway; he measured the southern gateway according to these same measurements. 29 Also its gate chambers, its gateposts, and its archways were according to these same measurements; there were windows in it and in its archways all around; it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 30 There were archways all around, twenty-five cubits long and five cubits wide. 31 Its archways faced the outer court, palm trees were on its gateposts, and going up to it were eight steps.

32 And he brought me into the inner court facing east; he measured the gateway according to these same measurements. 33 Also its gate chambers, its gateposts, and its archways were according to these same measurements; and there were windows in it and in its archways all around; it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 34 Its archways faced the outer court, and palm trees were on its gateposts on this side and on that side; and going up to it were eight steps.

35 Then he brought me to the north gateway and measured it according to these same measurements— 36 also its gate chambers, its gateposts, and its archways. It had windows all around; its length was fifty cubits and its width twenty-five cubits. 37 Its gateposts faced the outer court, palm trees were on its gateposts on this side and on that side, and going up to it were eight steps.

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Some differences between the outer court and inner court gateways can be noted.  One, the inner court is not as expansive as the outer court.  This brings to mind the statement by Jesus that broad is the way and narrow is the way.  Not quite a fit here for He used it to tell about the way to destruction vs the way to life.  However, we can use it to point to the evidence that of believers there are many who simply come to the cross and progress no further.  There are a few who, like Paul, press on for the prize; these who will receive a crown.   The space taken up by the inner court is less than that taken up by the outer court.  The number of steps is increased, perhaps requiring more effort.  What stands out is that the inner court reflects the outer court in the shape of the cross.  The imprint of Christ on the temple yet to be seen.  May His imprint be upon our temples as well.

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